Heather Rachel Johnston

Heather Rachel Johnston

Colchester, North Essex, United Kingdom

About Heather Rachel Johnston

I am a colourist and like to paint vibrant, dynamic work that aims to create an emotional connection. I enjoy the beauty of nature in all its glory and aim to capture moments of time, place, energy and colour that resonate with me. Many of these moments come to me in the most remote and peaceful parts of the British Isles where nature is displayed in its full rugged beauty.

My art is generally not a true representation of reality as I paint primarily to express a feeling or to re-create a visual that I have in my mind's eye. I paint from within and also from photos which I have taken. My current inspiration comes from working from memory of places that make me happy. Currently my work involves collage.

I am both an Artist and a Coach and I have been painting since the year 2000 starting with watercolours and moving into exploring acrylics and oils. I enjoy working in all mediums and like to experiment with different textures, mediums and styles.

I live in North Essex on the Essex/Suffolk border and like to travel within the UK to inspire my art. You will see in my collections some of the places i have enjoyed going to over the last few years.

For me colour is the essence of my art and I combine that with texture and movement and then I get excited, I like to play with my art and it is all about following my emotions and intuitions. Artists that particularly inspire me that are currently practicing are Barbara Rae, Ashley Hanson, Paul Wadsworth and David Tress, Anselm Kiefer and Frank Bowling.

Artists that are no longer with us that I am particularly drawn too are Joan Mitchell, Howard Hodgkin, Matisse, the Fauves, Emil Nolde and many German expressionists, Ricard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hoffmann and Robert Rauschenberg.

I am also drawn to the work of textile artists and inspired by the texture and colour.

My work can be found in private collections in the Uk and Germany.

Education

I started painting as an escape from working in the City of London and having a strong call to be creative. I started though local art classes and under the mentoring of Ray Whyard an artist and local art teacher I became more and more hooked. I subsequently attended two years of courses at Central St Martin's School of art in London.

I have also attended courses with professional artists that inspire me such as David Tress, Ashley Hanson and Paul Wadsworth to name a few!

I also work as a psychologically based coach and organisational development consultant and have a first degree in Economics from the University of St Andrews and an MBA from Henley management college and various qualifications in evidence based people development.

Events

You can hear more about the inspiration for my latest works on my you tube channel

Heather Rachel's painting stories

Exhibitions

Solo

Suffolk Open Studios, 10-11th and 17-18th June 2017 Great Horkesley
Suffolk Open Studios, Great Horkesley 4-5th June 2016
Colchester & Tendring Open Studios, September/October 2016
The Open Road Bookshop, Stoke By Nayland, 2nd-31st May 2015 Private view 6-8pm Friday 1st May
Suffolk Open Studios, Great Horkesley 6-7th and 20-21st June 2015
Colne Gallery, Colchester General Hospital, 1st to 29th November 2015
Red Lion Books Colchester Solo exhibition, The Nature of Colour April 2014
The Treble Tile Restaurant, Art About Town, West Bergholt 19th-31st May 2014
Suffolk Open Studios, Great Horkesley 7-8th and 28-29th June 2014
Cuckoo Farm Open Studios, 13-14th September 2014
Colne Gallery, Colchester General Hospital, Solo Exhibition 27th October-28th November 2014

Group

The Old Fire House Station, Henley on Thames: Cornwall, Colour & Coast 19th-24th July 2018
The Barn, Old House, Great Horkesley with Annabel Ridley 9th July 2017
Colchester Art Society Summer Show, 15-29th July 2017
Sentinel Gallery Summer Show, 28 July-28th August 2017
Wiston Gallery, Nr Nayland June/early July 2016
The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, sentinel Select, 5th-28th March 2016
Porthleven Lifeboat Art Studio, Pop up Group Exhibition on Eve Friday 27th May & Saturday 28th May 2016
Cuckoo Farm Studios, First Cuckoo of Spring Exhibition, 27-30th May 2016, PV 2-4 Friday 27th, Open 10-5
Gallery Argentum Winter Exhibition 29th November-18th January 2015
Gallery Argentum Art at the House: Elements of Nature 27th March- 31st July 2015
Various paintings in Sudbury Art about Town as part of Suffolk Open Studios 18th-31st May 2015 including Waitrose, Harcourt Powell, Exploring U Counselling, Nexus computing and Winch & Blatch
Firstsite Open exhibition, 3rd October - 22 November 2015
The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, Winter Show, 14th November- January 2016
CO3 Gallery Fall in Love with Art, Group Exhibition February 2014
CO3 Gallery Spring Launch, Group Exhibition 26th April 2014 onwards
CO3 Gallery Sea, Coast and Water, Group Exhibition 22nd June-13th July 2014
Gallery Argentum Summer Exhibition 19th July- 24th August 2014
Porthleven Lifeboat Art Studio, Pop up Group Exhibition on Friday 10th October 2014 (one day only!)
Gallery Argentum Winter Exhibition 29th November-18th January 2015