Kathy Johnson, an art teacher, spends six months of the year in Northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior. The rest of the year is spent in central Illinois along the Illinois River. Johnson, renown for her on location landscape paintings, also engages in life drawing and carvings.
"Creating the illustrations for Hawk Dancer," she says, "has brought together my own life experiences."
Her interpretations make the viewer an eyewitness to the phenomena of Northern Wisconsin's mystery. The sights, smells, sound and texture of the pristine landscape, waters and flora are all there in her works. She dipped her brush unto the pallet provided by Grandfather Great Mystery before touching it to the canvas. It is an experience to behold the connectedness of all creation through Johnson's works.