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: