Painting and selling my watercolor artwork since I was a teen, I have depicted many subjects through the years. Birds, however, are the most enjoyable for me. First there is the challenge of finding them in the field. Then, getting close enough to capture their images with my camera, and finally using the photos as material to paint from. Each painting represents an intimate connection with a particular bird; one moment etched in my memory forever. Being able to share those experiences with others through my artwork allows a continuation of each serendipitous moment. View four pages of paintings under the "Avian Watercolor Art" link on home page.

Connecting people to birds and the environment through my art has helped keep me going.

Artist at work

Craig Johnson working on watercolor painting of a Great Horned Owl at his studio on Whidbey Island, Washington State (2007).
Jay with Brush