Artist – BILL JOHNSON

My award-winning photography focuses on the natural world with giclée canvas images of nature, critters and landscapes.

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and acquired an early appreciation of photography with my dad’s cameras on extended family vacations across the country. Mom, who returned to school to earn a second degree in art, instilled a fundamental sense of design, color, and composition … but as a song once noted, “We move on … put those dreams away … thinking that we’ll find them … come some rainy day.”

The chosen path led instead to a 35-year career as a rocket scientist in Southern California on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. I finally rediscovered the rainy day dream in 2006 and with the encouragement of my son, daughter, and niece initiated “Wish you were here …” offering limited edition prints at local art shows.

I’ve been fortunate to have been accepted in galleries, exhibitions and art festivals from Coronado to Rancho Mirage to Sacramento and become part of many local and international art collections along the way. I have also handled operations and redesigned the Artist Eye Gallery in Laguna Beach and currently manage the Artisan Gallery at Mission Viejo Country Club.

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