A walk on a deserted beach early in the morning or late at night. The change of seasons, light and space are feelings I try to capture in my work. Large spaces and small objects play an important part in my seascapes and still life paintings. I use layers of gesso and oil paint on my canvas to build up the feeling of texture and space. I work in the same way with my printmaking. The head, the hand and the heart.



Some of the layers in my paintings:



The cry of far-off sea birds

At the edge of a calm unbroken sea

small waves breaking on a distant shore line

light that that fills us with an overwhelming peace

A small gift from the universe just waiting.



Sitting in peaceful meditation

on a deserted beach

Lit as far as the eye can see with golden light

connecting to the outer reaches of the universe




Annette Johnson was born in London and lives in Lee Green, London. She started painting whilst living in Boston, America, and has since studied at the Sir John Cass College of Art, and etching at Morley College. Annette has her own etching studio where she works as a full time painter/printmaker. Annette also runs workshops and painting classes.

She is a member of:

  • Society of Women Artists

She has exhibited at:

  • The Royal Society of Marine Artists
  • National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
  • Royal Academy 1985, 2007, 2008
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
  • Society of Women Artists Mall Galleries
  • Concourse Gallery, Barbican
  • Society of Botanical Artists

She has held One Woman Exhibitions at:

  • The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (3)
  • Owens Manor, Jersey
  • The Courtyard Gallery
  • The Vault Gallery, Antibes (South of France)
  • Fairfield Halls Croydon (3)
  • The Headcorn Gallery, Rye
  • The London Lighthouse

Tom Phillips chose to mention her work in his coverage of Print 86 Exhibition on Kaleidoscope, Radio 4. She was in the finals of the Whatman National Print Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall. Sainsbury’s Homebase has used one of her etchings for their gift voucher. One of her oil paintings has been used in the Centenary Book of the Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall.