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Oksana Johnson is an award-winning San Francisco-based impressionist artist and designer who has been painting in oil and other media for over twenty years, selling her original pieces via U.S. and European galleries, as well as direct to collectors. She launched her exclusive collection of Italian-made silk scarves in 2018.
Whether working from her studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or painting en plein air as a traveler in Europe, Japan, or elsewhere in the United States, Oksana strives to remind us that there is endless beauty in the world: nature, our collective artistic heritage, and simple special moments of being and connecting.
"Our life is increasingly complicated and fast paced. I want my paintings to be places for a viewer to pause and relax, to enjoy and contemplate."
Oksana's style, often referred to as abstract impressionism, has been influenced by many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters -- including Degas, Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Van Gogh, Bonnard, and Korovin -- as well as years of continuing experimentation and sensitive observations as a traveler, artist, and human being. Although primarily impressionistic, her works often combine elements of impressionism, realism, expressionism, and even abstract painting.
“My primary focus is on painting scenes that capture special moments in time. My philosophy is ‘staying in and appreciating’ the moment. Painting has taught me to focus on what is happening now, and to pay greater attention not only to the outside world but also to my own responses to it. I have learned that life becomes happier and more meaningful that way.”
In the summer of 2020, Oksana's oil painting "A View from the Pier" was selected for The de Young Open exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum (October 2020 to January 2021).
Oksana's artworks are in private collections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
"I have always loved Impressionist paintings, so it is no surprise that I am an avid fan of Oksana Johnson's work. We had been following Oksana's work for a number of years when my husband and I decided we wanted to acquire one of her pieces a few years ago. We attended one of her showings in the SF Bay Area and were extrememly impressed with Oksana and her work. There were so many beautiful pieces to choose from, but I was immediately drawn to "Spring is Coming" and had to have it. It hangs prominently in our home, and we have received numerous compliments from our friends and family. I was excited to subsequently find out that "my" painting is one of Oksana's beautiful silk scarf prints! We also love the European street and cafe scenes Oksana paints and hope to be able to add one of those to our collection sometime soon."
- Sharon P., California, United States
"After viewing her beautiful work on-line, we commissioned two paintings from Oksana. Working remotely, she was able to capture our vision magnificently. She provided a clear timeline and explanation of the process. Throughout, she sent us visual updates of our project, listened to our comments and offered creative suggestions. Our finished paintings arrived in perfect condition. Her work is now proudly displayed in our home, and greatly admired by friends and family alike. Oksana exceeded all our expectations!"
- Helen and Jack C., Oregon, United States
"We had been admiring Oksana's works for many years at art shows throughout the Bay Area before we spotted a piece whose earthy tones accented our home perfectly. While we truly enjoy getting lost in Oksana's picturesque landscapes, the piece that we selected was an Asian-themed portrait honoring part of our family's heritage. Oksana's painting rests happily on a wall in our living room and receives many compliments from our family and friends. It makes us smile, and we could not be happier that we finally purchased one of her paintings. The movement, layers and textures in Oksana's works are so calming and inviting - even a bit mesmerizing. You want to walk right into her scenes and linger for a while. Oksana has been a pleasure to work with. We are so happy that we invested in some of Oksana's work and plan to do so again."
- Alex and Renee G., California, United States
"When we got married, we wanted to have some 'real' art to replace the framed posters that had previously adorned our walls. We got a simple
still life and put it over our mantle. It came beautifully framed and quickly became THE showpiece when family and friends came over."
- Carolyn, Massachusetts, United States
"I would love to hear from you! Is there a painting that you would like to discuss? Any other types of scarves or designs you would like to see? Please feel free to contact me via this form with any questions, suggestions, or comments. Or directly via text at +1-650-219-8714 (usually between 10 am and 5 pm Pacific time). --Oksana"