With deep love and passion for wildlife, painter Johanna Lerwick infuses the spirit of animals and nature into her art. Her early fondness and connection with all living creatures provided Johanna with a unique perspective, allowing her to se the world differently than others. Her desire to capture and share her love of animal subjects drew her to art and elevated her creative energy. After years of developing technique and vision, Johanna employs a high level of realism with mastered elements of light and shadow to depict her subjects. Every peaceful, yet engaging painting calls to the animal spirit within us all.
Growing up on a small dairy farm in Coventry, New York, a small town upstate, Johanna cultivated a deep connection to animals and wildlife. “Nature has always been part of my life,” she says “I didn’t know at first how my love for nature and animals would impact my love for art.”
As Johanna became more and more involved in her art, she began to reach beyond the animals and wildlife in her local area. She began to draw inspiration from her many travels to exotic locales. Johanna went on safari in Africa, took a 700 mile raft trip down the Amazon, and traveled to Guam, Tahiti, Mexico and throughout the United States.
“My inspiration comes at any given time or place. It could be something I see or even hear,” she explains. “All I need to do is go for a walk through the meadows or the woods, sit by a stream or pond, watch a sunrise or sunset and see flowers, leaves and grass dancing in the wind."
With animals as her preferred subject matter, she has established techniques for bringing out emotion and mood through their eyes and expressions. She then strives to place each of her subjects in a corresponding background that fits the feeling. Sometimes the background is more abstract and not as detailed depending how Lerwick imagines the scene or where she wants the viewers focus.
Johanna continues to enjoy the grand mysticism of nature and would like nothing more than to enjoy the rest of her life surrounded by the wildlife and animals that have graced her many masterpieces. She currently lives in upstate New York where she is active in pursuing a life and career in art, surrounding herself with what makes her happiest.