Carmen Cartiness Johnson began teaching herself to paint after her grandmother passed away: her early subjects were remembered scenes from summers spent at her grandparents’ Arkansas home. She remarks that while her first painting “was very raw, I felt I had stories to tell, from memories of women connecting in intimate circumstances.” Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and now residing in New Jersey, Johnson adds, “I paint people in everyday situations, people in their own assumed privacy. I usually don’t paint figures with faces, and would rather let their body language and clothing address their character and define them. The places these people inhabit are mostly of my own creation.
“I paint what I like and what pleases me. . . . However, the finished product is my main objective, getting the image from my mind to the canvas. I want my work to be visually pleasing and to spark joyful memories--if nothing else, to bring a smile.”
Contains Chit Chat & Apple Martinis, Too Many Cooks, Miss Ada’s Got a New Beau, and Family Night. Twenty full-color 5 x 7" blank notecards (five each of four styles) with white envelopes in a decorative box. ISBN 0-7649-3695-6.