"For the Love of Paint," Bill Fletcher & Eric Johnson
Updated: Jul 12
A Reverence for Nature
"I'm a native of Lexington, Kentucky and have a great love for the land around here. I spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking and painting. I'm often drawn to painting scenes with moving water such as streams and waterfalls, as well as undisturbed natural places unmarked by man. I also enjoy landscapes displaying a human presence that reflects a reverence for the land. Whenever I am in the natural world I feel a deep connection to Nature and to life, and my paintings are my sincere response to that connection."
Bill Fletcher, a native of Lexington, is an accomplished plein air painter who has taught workshops across the Eastern US and in France. He has a studio and also teaches at Artists’ Attic. In 2017, Bill took first place in the 3rd Annual Mariemont Plein Air competition in Cincinnati and the first place purchase award for museum’s permanent collection at the juried group show at the Evansville, Indiana Art Museum. Bill has won a first place and two second place awards at Lexington’s annual Paint the Town competition in the years 2015, 2016, 2017. Bill has been featured in Keeneland Magazine, International Art Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine.
"My artist’s statement is pretty simple: I just love paint, and the magic it can create when certain people get hold of it. The great American painters and illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are the artists I always look at (along with the many contemporary artists who paint in that tradition). John Singer Sargent, every painter’s painter, heads the list. I admire them because they’re terrific draftsmen (and women), inventive designers, exciting colorists, superb craftspeople, and, when necessary, wonderful storytellers. They’re painters who were very modern in their concern with design, color, surface, pattern, materials (all the two-dimensional aspects of painting that so much of 20th century art is about), while still being absolute wizards at turning colored mud into form and light. Theirs is the tradition that I aspire to."
Eric Johnson lives in Nonesuch, ten miles south of Versailles. Eric has his own gallery and studio at 120 North Main Street in Versailles. Along with his landscape and figure work, Eric has also painted many portraits on commission. His portraits hang in private and public collections, including seven portraits of Deans for the U.K. Medical Center.
Eric trained in illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and has completed illustrations, through his representative in Atlanta, for such clients as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Turner Broadcasting. He has also been the official poster artist for the three U.S. Opens played at the famous Pinehurst No. 2 golf course in Pinehurst, NC, first in 1999 and again in 2005 and 2014.
As a watercolorist, Eric has studied extensively with Tony Couch, and has earned signature-member status with the Kentucky Watercolor Society.
As an oil painter (oils are his primary medium these days), he’s been juried three times into Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, making him a candidate for OPA signature status. He was awarded OPA’s Best Associate Honorable Mention in 2017.
He invites you to come visit him at his gallery (good to call ahead, first, 859-351-3650), or check out his portfolio at ericjohnson.faso.com.