Daryl D. Johnson Artist Profile
Described by Art New England magazine as “…gestural realist landscapes with the overall effect of speeding through layers of lighted space,” Daryl’s oil paintings are a colorful tribute to the back roads and vistas from which she gets inspiration while hiking, birding, kayaking & motorcycling.
“Absolutely mesmerizing.” — Weirs Times, New Hampshire
Shifting water patterns and rising transient clouds reflect nature’s energy in my oil paintings. The views are familiar, but the subtext is the underlying chi, the sweeping momentum. The earth “breathes” in and out with compositions of uplifting shapes. Light dances from mountain top to cloud droplets to ocean to beach. I enjoy kayaking, gardening and motorcycling during which I gather visions for compositions.
Practicing Ai Chi (Tai Chi in a pool) guides my sense of the flowing chi. Skies resonate with pulsing waves of clouds and lofty patterns produce a rhythm of color. These oils on canvas celebrate the vibration of the planet.
Born in Manhattan, Daryl’s parents moved with her two older sisters to the suburbs when she was two. Armonk, NY provided lots of opportunities to play in wild forests, ice skate on large lakes, visit NYC Museums often, and to attend the annual summer outdoor Art Show. She loved annual Girl Scout camp in upstate New York. Her High School art teacher, Gerry Rinaldi, prompted all his students to observe, stretch and practice art. She starred in many musicals, singing and dancing under the direction of Gene Bissell. She was the first girl to take Mechanical Drawing in her high school, having to plead with the guidance counselor for permission to do so. She likes to tell the story of her first day in class when Mr. Ruthizer took out a drawing implement: “This is a pencil. I am going to show you how to sharpen it”. She knew immediately she was in the right class. She graduated with her still best friend, Redenta Soprano, a botanical illustrator.
After graduating Hope College in Holland, MI with a degree in fine arts and a minor in Ancient Civilization, Daryl toured the country doing outdoor art shows and selling her work through galleries in the Northeast US. She also freelanced as a graphic designer.
She married Corky Benson, a software engineer, in 1982 and moved to New Haven, CT where she maintained a studio loft in the Marlin Building. In 1988 they moved to Candia, NH and started a family.
“My favorite artist is British oil painter J.M.W. Turner whose paintings I have traveled the world to see, including numerous trips to England to visit Tate Britain’s Turner Collection. The first time I entered a black taxi in London and said “Take me to the Tate, please” was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. Truly moving land and seascapes with luminous skies.” — Daryl D. Johnson
BFA, Hope College, 1975
Postgrad., University Cincinnati, 1976
Postgrad., Art Student’s League, New York City, 1978
Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 1988
Daryl’s paintings have won numerous awards are in private and corporate collections worldwide.
New Hampshire Art Association 1st prize 1989 and 1990,
Miriam Sawyer Award 1989, Connor Award 1990
Aetna Insurance, Hartford, CT
Bank of New Hampshire, NH
Bergstrom Hotel, Germany
Cologne Hotel, Germany
Connecticut Hospice, CT
Delta Airlines, Boston, MA
Fidelity Investments, Merrimack, NH
Fusco Corporation, New Haven, CT
Glen Island Casino, NY
Greenwich Hospital, CT
Hale & Dorr, MA
Richard Himmel, Chicago, IL
Hope College, Holland, MI
Northeast Delta Dental, Concord, NH
Marriott Hotels, St. Louis, MO
Marriott Hotels, NYC
Mary Immaculate Hospital, NYC
PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
Peterborough Savings Banco, Purchase, NY
Registry Hotel, MN
Southern New England Telephone, CT
Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo, Ohio
University Club, NC
WMUR-TV Channel 9, Manchester, NH
“Passing By: Artist paints landscape from a moving perspective,” — Hippo, January 10-16, 2019
“Daryl D. Johnson – Motorcycles, Movement and Mastery,” — The Weirs Times, March 29, 2018
“‘Morning Glory’ by Daryl D. Johnson,” — CloudAppreciationSociety.com featured post , March 27, 2018
“The People’s Book” — The Peoples Poetry NH, 2 paintings and a poem, 2018
“The People’s Book” — The Peoples Poetry NH, 2 paintings and a poem, 2019
“Daryl D. Johnson: Solo Show” — Art New England
“Daryl D. Johnson: Solo Show” — Boston Globe
Terry S. Johnson Poet — My sister’s website