Sedona: Michael Chesley Johnson

Sometimes you meet someone who really has it figured out.

Michael Chesley Johnson is an award-winning plein air landscape painter. He lives and paints in Sedona in the winter, and New Brunswick, Canada in the summer. When he’s not painting, he teaches workshops in both locations. He drives cross-country to get from one place to the other, has a friendly wife Trina who assists in the marketing of his work, and a cute dog who hangs around the gallery. He also writes–books, a blog, various articles–and is an editor for The Artist’s Magazine.

Thunder Mountain, Backlit


 
The Pumphouse Studio Gallery
in Sedona, where he sets up shop in the winter, is along a main street in a nice complex that seems to get significant traffic. He sublets it to other artists when he’s in Canada so that he doesn’t need to hire anyone to cover the store, or shutter it, or lose rent money.
 
He even has it figured out so that he teaches workshops at various locations along the way as he moves between his summer and winter homes.
 
On top of all that, he is a really nice guy, a great painter, and a wonderful colorist.
 
Note to self…
 

Desert Sky, Papago Park