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Johanna W. Mckenzie

Johanna McKenzie, a native New Englander, has worked as an artist since the early eighties. She began as a clay sculptor at Nonquit Pottery, Tiverton, Rhode Island. Her specialties were clay and porcelain animals, which she exhibited at Nonquit Pottery, the Naval War College, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. In 1986 she began focusing on painting and worked extensively in pastels, exhibiting mostly in Rhode Island. Subsequent to studying with Bernard Chaet, Marjorie Portnow, and Wolf Kahn at the Vermont Studio School, Johnson, Vermont, Johanna focused on painting in oil, specializing in regional landscapes. She works in oil on panel or oil on prepared copper sheets, as well as in encaustics.

She also, for a period, “painted in wool” interpreting her landscapes as woolen rugs using traditional American hooked wool techniques. 

Johanna exhibits primarily at shows, galleries, and museums on the East Coast. In 2011 she had a solo show at the Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, focusing on her landscape paintings. In 2008 she was awarded the Medal of Honor (Oil Painting) at the 112th Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Open Juried Show at the National Arts Club, NYC. 

In addition to her professional career, Johanna is committed to the power of art in the community. She has participated in a number of significant arts projects including the ALRI-Timberland Boot Project, the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Oncology Mural Project, and the RWU Bridge to Haiti – a show to support relief for the Haitian earthquake. 

Johanna McKenzie was a founding member of the Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI) and is a member of the Newport Art Museum, the Providence Art Club, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York. Johanna holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA from the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales, Geneva, Switzerland. She also completed a studio residency at Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT.