I am a landscape artist based in the Mearns in
the North East of Scotland.
Working almost exclusively in watercolour, I
am inspired by Mearns landscapes and
seascapes. Working from a combination of
sketches, images and visual memory, I try to
get as close as I can to the original experience
of being in the landscape in order to create a
sense of place.
D E Johnston RSW - About My Work
I tend to work on a series of paintings linked either by theme or location. Each season I try to re-visit favourite
areas but I also try to explore a new area or one where I haven't worked for a while. Once I feel comfortable
with a particular location, I spend time there. A series of works can be the result of a winter's afternoon in
local woodland or an early morning walk on St Cyrus beach. With he help of digital images which help
establish the composition, I can then explore what I want to say. I have never sought to make radical changes
to my painting style; I try to let the work develop gradually. People tell me it has.
'...a celebration of ordinary things: dark lines of trees against the heat of a July afternoon, field patterns in
early August, the washed out dried grasses of a late September field edge. And always the light itself,
constantly changing under unpredictable skies...' (Tolquhon Gallery Catalogue)
October Field Edge (2010)