About the Artist

Michael Chesley Johnson is an oil and pastel painter working in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel. In the winter, he teaches his Paint The Southwest workshops in Arizona and New Mexico; and in the summer, he teaches in Downeast Maine. For more about his workshops, visit

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: The American Southwest. A long-time contributor to Pastel Journal and  The Artist's Magazine, he teaches plein air painting workshops across the US and seasonally in New Mexico and Maine. For more on Michael, visit www.MChesleyJohnson.com