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About The Artist
 
     Harold "JR" Johansen is an American artist with roots in Denmark and England. He received his Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University and Weber State College. He has painted in Europe, Asia, U.S., Middle East and Africa. He has painted in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels. On display are some of his most recent pastel drawings/paintings as well as some of his limited edition prints from his 30 month Middle East tour. JR paints and frames in a total acid free environment. His original works will last for centuries without change. This cannot be said of watercolors, oils or acrylics due to the unstable properties such as oils and plastics required to transfer pigment to the surface. His fascination with people and their culture has influenced his desire to do portraits. Of the 400 or more drawings and paintings he has done in the last 25 years, 95% have been pastel portraits.
 
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JR at his Studio

 

 


 

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JR at work

 

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 JR and Deanna in Backyard