J A M E S   W .   J O H N S O N

I am first and foremost a Christ follower, and everything else about me falls from there. I am a 1977 graduate of Greenville (IL) University with a BA in Art and worked as a graphic designer and art director for several firms for 34 years. In 1997 I was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, and in 2011, transitioned to long-term disability status. My art training centered around acrylic paintings on masonite, but because of my disabilities, I can no longer hold a conventional paintbrush, much less squeeze paint out of a tube. However, I can still type and maneuver a computer mouse. Adobe Photoshop is my new medium. I work from photographs and use Photoshop brushes, color palettes, filters, and a variety of drawing tools to produce the work you see here. For design and layout, I use Adobe InDesign on such projects as calendars, book jackets, and the Tribute series.