Sara Johnson trained in design at Winchester and Loughborough Colleges of Art between 1972 and 1976 and became interested in garden design and landscape painting: a dual career that has at its roots in her childhood love of the outdoors and the natural environment.
Her work ranges from loose, coloured drawings executed on site, to watercolour and mixed media, semi-abstract paintings, produced back in the studio using sketches, photographs and memory. She is inspired by land and seascapes and rather than producing a literal interpretation, she conveys the spirit and mood of a place. She explores the subtle characteristics of watercolour: the accidental effects achieved by washing out, the marks, textures and edges of the paint and how to manipulate them to convey the landscape.
She lives in East Anglia, and exhibits in galleries in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail.