Daryl D. Johnson
Described by Art New England magazine as “…gestural realist landscapes with the overall effect of speeding through layers of lighted space,” Daryl’s oil paintings are a colorful tribute to the back roads and vistas of New England from which she gets inspiration while motorcycling.
“These works tell stories of the familiar viewed in new context and form. The canvas records scenes of New England, revealing the mystery and joys of travel and fresh vision. The earth “breathes” in and out with compositions that bend with a heaving shape. Skies are majestic in wide-angle vision.”
“My favorite artist is British oil painter J.W.W. Turner whose paintings I have traveled the world to see, including numerous trips to England to visit Tate Britain’s Turner Collection. The first time I entered a black taxi in London and said “Take me to the Tate, please” was one of the most thrilling moments of my live. Truly moving land and seascapes with luminous skies.”
Born in Manhattan, Daryl’s parents moved with her two older sisters to the suburbs when she was two. Armonk, NY provided lots of opportunities to play in wild forests, ice skate on large lakes, visit NYC Museums often, and to attend the annual summer Outdoor Art Show.
After graduating Hope College in Holland, MI with a degree in fine arts and a minor in Ancient Civilization, Daryl toured the country doing outdoor art shows and selling her work through galleries in the Northeast US. She also freelanced as a graphic designer.
She married Corky Benson, a software engineer in 1982 and moved to New Haven, CT where she maintained a loft studio in the Marlin Building. In 1988 they moved to Candia, NH and started a family.
Today she lives with her husband in Amherst, NH.Daryl’s paintings have won numerous awards, and are located and admired in private and corporate collections worldwide.