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Monica Johnson is an acrylic and mixed media painter based in Carmel, California. She was born in Monterey, CA and moved to Kansas at a young age, and returned to Monterey in her 20’s. She earned an associate of science degree in dental hygiene and later completed her licensure for massage therapy, and practiced both professions for 20 years. A few years ago, with rising life challenges, Monica began painting. She discovered she had a natural talent and affinity for creating imagery.


She committed to refining her painting skills, and has studied with several accomplished artists and teachers. Through this journey, she found her artistic voice in the rich tradition of abstract painting. Today she creates images that use earthy colors, rich texture, and organic composition to capture and translate the natural world and human experiences. The natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur wilderness is guiding her current work. She is expanding her work to large substrates (canvas and wood panels) to create the sensation of being surrounded by nature.

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