Five questions for Su Johnson
Thomaston — If you have been or have had a student in the area schools within the past 25 years, chances are you have run into Su Johnson.
Johnson has been the art teacher in Rockland and Thomaston schools for that span of time. She started at Rockland's Junior High School, then went to Georges Valley High School for 22 years before returning to Rockland's Oceanside East for two more years. Now Johnson can be found at Thomaston Grammar, Rockland District Middle, and Owls Head Central schools.
"I've had four 'first years'," said Johnson, noting "they are always the hardest."
Not only does Johnson teach art in many different mediums, she is an artist herself — with her own gallery in Farmington where she is originally from. She is married to fellow artist Richard Johnson.
She took time during a free period April 18 to answer these five questions:
How did you get started in art?
"My aunt Janet would let me use her brushes and supplies. I sold my painted panels for $5 in Spruce Head when I was 8."
What is your favorite medium to work in?
"I am a watercolor artist, but I recently adapted to water mixable oils. They're easier to clean up."
Who is your favorite artist?
"Fitz Hugh Lane. He was an artist in the 1800s. I saw a piece of his work at the Farnsworth one time and it has stayed with me forever."
Do you have a favorite gallery?
"The Washburn Johnson Gallery in Farmington. It is a gallery my aunt, Richard and I have."
What do you do for relaxation?
"Painting IS my relaxation. It makes me use my other senses."
If you have a candidate for "Five Questions" contact Beth A Birmingham at email@example.com.
594-4401 ext. 125
Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.