Description Kayaker (David Lindsey) setting up for an eskimo roll in the Truckee River Whitewater Park, downtown Reno NV near Wingfield park. 2005 by Michele Johnson. This photo took 1st place in the 2005 Nevada State Fair - B&W humor, as well as 1st place in the 2006 National Arts Program / City of Reno.
Jon Johnson, Reno, NV Member Since January 2008 Artist Statement Jon Eric Johnson..................
I’m 40, and am Professional Firefighter by trade, serving as a Captain with a local fire department. I was born and raised in the Reno / Sparks area, love my home and am very happy and proud to now help protect it. I graduated from Sparks High School in 1986, and am close to completing my degree in Fire Science at TMCC.__________
My hobbies include mnt biking, chess, skiing, sailing, softball, playing the guitar, hunting, motorcycles, astronomy, rock climbing, backpacking, and of course photography. I have always loved the arts, photography in particular, but between career, family, and my various other interests I have just recently begun to pursue it seriously. I have no formal training in photography (other than a ton of self study), I just know what I like and what moves me and I shoot it. I, along with my wife Michele have won several awards and competitions, have had several gallery shows (one solo!) and are regular exhibitors at Artown. ______________
Our work may currently be viewed / purchased at Walden's Coffee House (Mayberry & McCarren), Morgan Financial (830 Mill) and Red Rock Studios on Sierra St. _______________
I have often been asked by people viewing my work where I go to find my subject matter, as many people don’t realize how beautiful our area is. I tell them it’s the same stuff that they probably drive by every day, it’s just a matter of noticing it. Which I guess is what I enjoy the most about photography – the opportunity to share with others the beauty that I see around us every day, and to help others to notice, embrace, and hopefully preserve it as well. _____________
First off, being a woman, my age will NOT be included in any bio, as this is classified information. :-) I have a ‘day job’ as well, working as a Technician in the Surgery Department of a local hospital. I was born in California and graduated from Maricopa High School in Maricopa, CA. I have been in Nevada for 9 years now and I am one class away from my AA in General Studies at WNCC. My hobbies include softball, mnt biking, reading, hiking, and photography when I can get the camera away from my husband… ______________
We have 6 children between us, a true Brady bunch, with 3 boys and 3 girls ranging in age from 3 months to 20. We love the Reno area and all of the diverse things that it has to offer. We have had 5 wonderful years together and look forward to many more happy years in the Reno area, continuing to shoot and share the beauty around us.