Anne Johnstone's paintings explore the whimsical in relationships, people and animals being largely her subject matter. What interests her are the undercurrents and energy present in relationships on both visible and unseen levels. "Ironically, it is the tension between these levels which incurs whimsy." Her artistic disposition is to configure the illusive feelings that shape connections. Her paintings might also be seen as oblique commentaries on escapism; for her, the imaginary is more compelling than whatever is in plain sight.
Anne lives and works in Somerville, Massachussetts. She has arrived there by way of the country: open space, rugged mountains,and isolation. Though she still has some of the country girl in her, manifesting in a roughness and lack of convention in her work, much of its agitation is a rebellion against the quiiet and calm associated with country living. She brings both country and city sensibilities to the exhibitions she enters. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from UMass/Boston with additional work at Brown University. She has studied locally with Bill Flynn, Abbie Zonies, Illona Andersen, and Linda Bourke, but her current techniques are largely self taught. Her artwork is in collections in Bermuda and the UK as well as in the United States.
Anne considers herself a channel for her artwork. She does not go to a surface with a predetermined idea; mistakes and surprises are important parts of finished pieces for her. As part of her medium, Anne uses collage, acrylic, and wax in her painting process. She paints from her imagination, not from life. Various combinations of memories influence her compositions: fruits, vegetables, horses, old barns, farm land, frogs, the sensuality of living things, mountains, isolation, alcoholism, languages, anxiety. In a world that has become increasingly invasive of private space, her work turns inward. "When making art, I am steeped in my own inner dramas and dialogues. My artistry acts hand-in-glove with my psychology. By quenching a personal necessity, I engage and challenge my perceptions."