Greg Johannesen   http://www.gregjohannesen.com/

Greg Johannesen, Southern Maryland

Greg Johannesen was born and raised in Virginia Beach and has been creating art all of his life. He grew up a surfer and naturalist. He was fortunate to be recognized for His talent while in first grade, receiving an art award for a Thanksgiving scene. Ever since then, Greg has not stopped drawing or painting or doing something related to creativity and art.

The outdoors and nature have always been part of Greg's art experience. Early on he showed an affinity for nature by drawing wildlife. Later on, that interest manifested in drawings and paintings of beach and waterway scenes. He followed that passion for art and received a degree from Tidewater Community College for Advertising Design with a minor in Drawing before attending Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a BFA in Illustration.

Greg has been working as an illustrator and graphic designer for over 20 years. It was not until he married and moved to Southern Maryland that he opened his own studio where he currently works full-time as a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. He can now freely work on expressing his art using the Chesapeake Bay area as his inspiration.

Greg is a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Society of Children's Book Illustrators, American Society of Marine Artist, and the Maryland Pastel Society.

Exhibitions and Galleries:
Carmen's Gallery, Solomons, MD

Selected exhibits and awards include:

2013

  • 1st Place for 'Wassabi' at the Maryland Pastel Society’s National “Shades of Pastel” Show
  • 3 Paintings Juried into the Maryland Pastel Society’s National “Shades of Pastel” Show
  • Juried into and Received In the French Tradition Award for 'A Piece of Paradise' & an Honorable Mention at the Quickdraw for 'A Lovely Couple' at the 757 Plein Air Event
  • Juried into and Received Honorable Mention for 'A Swan Song' & Quickdraw First Place Award for 'Old Pepper' at Solomons Plein Air Festival
  • Juried into and Received the Gino Award for 'Hydrengia Service' & a Juror's Choice Award for 'Cottage Antiques' at Paint It! Ellicott City Plein Air event
  • Juried into and Received Honorable Mention at the Paint Annapolis Plein Air event for 'Wassabi'

2012

  • Received Honorable Mention at Paint It! Ellicott City Plein Air event for 'Merryman and Main'
  • Received First Place Best Architectural Award at the Havre de Grace Plein Air Event for 'No Parking' 
  • Juried into and Received Honorable Mention at the 757 Plein Air Event for 'A Piece of Paradise'

2011

  • 2 Paintings juried into the Maryland Pastel Society’s National “Shades of Pastel” Show
  • 'Plein Impressions' Solo Show at Annmarie Garden

2010

  • 3 Paintings juried into the Maryland Pastel Society Members Only Show - Received the Glen Sparkman Memorial Award for 'Retired'
  • Juried into Susquehanna International Art Competition entitled River Art
  • Juried into and Received the In the French Tradition Award at the Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Event for 'Under Over'
  • Received First Place Best Architectural Award at the Havre de Grace Plein Air Event for 'Freedom Lane'
  • Received Second Place in the Plein Air Easton Quickdraw
  • Juried into and Received First Place at the Solomons Paint the Town Quickdraw for 'Low Tide'​

2009

  • Paint Annapolis = Juried into the event
  • Plein Air Easton = Juried into the event
  • Received 3 awards at the Solomons Paint the Town = Best View of Annmarie Garden Award, Best Use of Light Award and an Honorable Mention in the Quickdraw 

2008

  • Juried into and received an Honorable Mention at the Maryland Pastel Society’s Members Only Exhibit
  • Received an Honorable Mention at the Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Event
  • Juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society 13th Annual International Exhibit

2007

  • Received ‘In the French Tradition’ Purchase Award at the Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Event
  • Juried into the Maryland Pastel Society’s National “Shades of Pastel” Show
  • Juried into the National Juried Pastel Exhibit with the Somerset Art Association