Mary-Anne Johnston

three donkeys represented in shades of blue and rust red

Three Muses (detail), 2021
acrylic on canvas














About the artist:

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Mary-Anne Johnston grew up on the border of urban Peterborough and farm country. Her formal education included undergraduate degrees in English Literature and (later) Classical Literature from Trent University, followed by travel and adventures which included years of sailing, mainly in the Hawaiian islands.

Johnston became involved in jewelry making, which led to representations in galleries across Canada and shows, including One-of-a-Kind (Toronto).

A love of myth and story, as well as a fascination with the complexity of the human psyche, led Mary-Anne to the study of depth psychology at C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich where she graduated as a Jungian analyst.

Currently Mary-Anne is fully engaged in art making. Recently, she developed skills in drawing and painting at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Workshops with Brian Atyeo and Rowena Dykins influenced the direction of Mary-Anne’s art, especially to find her groove in the place between abstraction and literal representation.

The themes of her life which flow through her art include: the human relationship with animals (the comedic and tragic), the Earth, the mystery and challenges inherent in that ‘otherness,’ and the deep poetic rivers that renew us as humans — all of these situations enter Johnston’s art. 

For Mary-Anne, alongside the deep despair concerning this Climate Crisis, always runs a love and playfulness and gratitude for being alive with such beauty and intelligence in the non-human world.


stack of paintings lean against a wall in an artist studio featuring wood floors and a bay window

Mary-Anne Johnston’s studio


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Tour Stop 21

Acrylic Painting

93 Reid Street, Lakefield


Miguel Hernandez Autorino, Why I Left, 2022, oil on canvas KAST 2022 Selections Exhibition

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Jul 9, 2022 to Oct 9, 2022

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Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

Jane LowBeer, String Theory, 2015, monotype on paper, 22" x 28"

Selections: 36th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour Exhibition

Left: Leanne Baird, Forest Light, 2020, acrylic on canvas; Right: Victoria Wallace, Silhouette Series: #10, 12, 20, 21, 2019, encaustic, ink and oil pastel

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