When Carol Johansen flew through the air off a bucking horse, she wasn’t planning to paint the
western landscape. But somewhere between that ride and real life that’s exactly what she has
done. Her free flowing style and a keen eye recreate the country she loves.
Carol, a Utah native, attended college with the goal to teach. With five children and one on the
way, she began her teaching career in her 30’s; and after a year in the classroom, she became
an art educator. The world of art opened a deep passion for creativity and renewed awareness
of expression, something she always has sought.
A great-granddaughter to the Utah pioneers of 1847, Carol cherishes her heritage. Her
grandmother often told stories of the westward movement into the Salt Lake Valley, igniting in
Carol her passion for exploring the space and rhythm of her surroundings. Once she has
captured the spirit of the place in the open space of the West, she gathers her color notes and
references to use in the studio for creating larger paintings.
Carol forms a link to the viewer with emotional content of her painting. The expressive color, the
sweep of history in place, the awareness of all are products of how she lives. They make her
journey of discovery about nature and herself a path of possibilities and commonalities that
others discover they can share.