Sarah D. Johnston



Cape Cod, Maine, England, and recently France have been the inspiration for Sarah’s watercolors.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sarah has painted for over 35 years, first studying with Florian K. Lawton.

Spending a year in Aberdeen, Scotland gave Sarah a close proximity to the great museums throughout Europe. John Constable became a tremendous influence as he painted directly in nature.  Sarah uses all her senses in her paintings creating the feel of a warm breeze, the call of a gull or the sparkle of sunshine dappling on grape vines.  She uses a realistic brush stroke and an appealing contrast of colors carefully selected from her unique palette.

A 1974 graduate of Sweet Briar College, Sarah has taught art at Hathaway Brown School, Ruffing Montessori, and in her home.  Locally her work has been shown at The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Intown Club, St. Paul’s South Wing Gallery, and Judson Manor’s Howson Gallery.  Sarah has completed numerous private commissions, house portraits,   and animal portraits.  Her inspiration is her appreciation for nature and tradition.

Sarah has designed and contributed watercolors and pen and ink drawings to the Shaker Nature Center, The Hearing and Speech Center, Vocational Guidance Services, The Cleveland Sight Center, Fairfax Elementary School, Hathaway Brown School, Ruffing Montessori School, and St. Paul’s Church.  Her work is in many private and corporate collections.



All pictures on this website are the property of Sarah D. Johnston and may not be reproduced without permission.


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