D. E. Johnston - I paint Mearns landscapes in watercolour

Evening Calm, Keilburn
Denlethen Winter
The Road in winter
September in the Mearns


D. E. Johnston

Born and brought up in Laurencekirk where I live with my wife Gladys, and son, David. Educated in the University of Aberdeen, graduating M.A., M.Litt. in English and Scottish Literature. In August, 2009, retired early from teaching to devote more time to painting.
My main interest is in the Mearns landscape itself. Working both 'on the spot' and in my studio in Laurencekirk, I paint watercolours which reflect a preoccupation with how the medium responds differently under different conditions. My main concern is to create a 'sense of place' and to celebrate the uniqueness of the Mearns. I focus at times on foreground detail, at other times concentrating on the broad panorama of land and sky which characterises the area. These and the endless rhythms of the seasons are the main themes of my work.

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Recent Exhibitions

One-Man Exhibitions

Montrose Public Library (1982, 1984)
Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven (1986)
Brechin Public Library (1986)
Castlegait Gallery, Montrose (1988)
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen (1991)
Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003 & 2007)

Group Exhibitions

Nine North-East Artists, Castlegait Gallery (1989)

Mixed Exhibitions

Riverside, Heinzel, Eduardo Alessandro Studios and Tolquhon Galleries
Aberdeen Artists Exhibitions
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London (1990, 1991)
Singer-Friedlander/ Sunday Times Watercolour Competitions (Finalist in 1990 & 1999)
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (1991)
South West Gallery, Texas (1992)
Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Broughty Ferry (1999 - 2009)
Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, England (2002)
Grey McGear Modern, Santa Monica, California 'Living Memory' Exhibition (2002)

Other Information

I exhibit widely throughout Aberdeenshire and Tayside. For more information or to see a representative selection of my work, please visit www.mearnsartist.com I welcome inquiries re commissions. Please contact me directly for further information.

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