Howard David Johnson Fairy Art
The Fairy Gathering brings you the fabulous digital fairy art of Howard David Johnson!
Howard David Johnson
David Johnson was born in Germany in the mid-fifties. The son of an American Career Air Force officer and College Professor, he grew up traveling and living on military bases around the world. He was most influenced by the art and culture in the Mediterranean & Central Europe. Drawing and painting every available moment of his childhood while experiencing the old world, he worked with any and all art mediums he could get his hands on.
He devoted his life to art at the age of six in spite of stubborn opposition from his parents, who insisted that earning a living as an artist was absolutely impossible. David responded by working even harder, hoping to earn their respect and approval. His mother worried that practicing with such passion and driving motivation ( 4 – 12 hours most days ) was sure to hurt him in the long run.
His Mother, a talented artist herself, never missed an opportunity to take him along to a site or a museum to acquaint him with his Old World Traditional spiritual and cultural heritage along the way. Although he loved the travel, he is a seventh generation Texan, and was thrilled to finally come back home to Texas for good at the age of 14.
Inspired by African American author Alex Haley, Johnson has gone after the roots of his Celtic Heritage ( Scots – Irish and Germanic ) and found, that, although much neglected, it is a rich heritage indeed- and more importantly – that there are a world of other cultural and spiritual heritages to share, explore, and help preserve through the visual arts.
He is a of direct line ancestor of Mary, Queen of Scots, of Robert the Bruce & the elder William Brewster ( the preacher on the Mayflower ). His mother, an author & genealogist has documented his lineage for the Sons of the American Revolution, The Sons of the Republic of Texas, The Sons of the Confederate Veterans and other American religious and patriotic organizations.
His passions include his family and philosophy, art and education. He is also an avid outdoorsman and committed to good citizenship. He passed this on by working twelve years with inner city lower income youth as a Boy Scout Master and Commissioner. His hobbies include reading classic literature, art, and history books, as well as collecting films and music. He earns his living selling licenses to publish his works and taking on select commissions in various kinds of media.
David & his beloved wife Virginia ( also descended from Mary, Queen of Scots ) have been married 28 years. She was honored again this year by “Who’s who among America’s teachers” & is also a talented visual artist. He lives a reclusive lifestyle in Austin, Texas & has two wonderful & talented sons, Christian & Erich. Currently he is rendering several of his mixed media pieces in colored pencil & oil on canvas and has released books on Fairy Art and World Myth & Legend.
Howard David Johnson is a contemporary realistic artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history. After a lifetime of drawing and painting, David works in a wide variety of mixed media ranging from oil on canvas to digital media. David’s Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. David’s realistic illustrations have made appearances in every major bookstore and game shop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world.
Some of his more prestigious clients have included the National Geographic Society, the University of Texas, the University of Cambridge in England, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, PBS TV, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX, Doubleday, the History Book of the Month Club, & J Walter Thompson Advertising, just to name a few. Working in a variety of media David offers his customers a variety of options and more than three decades of experience. As a realistic illustrator he has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development and marketing of software for Adobe Photoshop. Digital art, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, & also Oil Paintings can also be commissioned for select projects. Snobbism in the arts is nothing new. Some people will tell you that oils are the only valid medium for realistic paintings.
With a background in traditional media including oils, pastels & colored pencils, Howard David Johnson embraces leading edge digital media in the creation of his depictions of fantasy, folklore, mythology, legend, religion, and heroic history. He works in and mixes a wide variety of media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings * Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography * Digital Artistry & Mixed Media *