Jerry Johnson grew up in Oklahoma, the Mud Bowl State. He realized at an early age concerning the darkish clouds which are usually the handiwork of Mom Nature. Later in life, he realized that darkish clouds may additionally be the storms of life.
However, Johnson additionally acknowledged that there’s thriller, surprise and wonder in these darkish clouds, these sienna clouds.
As an artist, Johnson, who’s semi-retired from Troy College, explores and captures these moments in his art work as a designer, illustrator, educator and artist.
“It has been my life’s work to discover the influence of the creativity and design processes for dealing with life’s points and obstacles,” Johnson mentioned, as he relaxed at his desk at Sienna Cloud Inventive in Troy.
Johnson’s downtown studio is perhaps considered his man cave the place he goes to create and likewise as a pub for artists and artwork lovers to assemble to share concepts and ideas. His studio can be an artwork gallery and even a museum of incidental, however collectible, gadgets associated to artwork and with ties to household, buddies and locations.
Sienna Cloud Inventive is a spot that has been in Johnson’s coronary heart and thoughts for extra years that he can bear in mind, maybe, whilst way back as when he was a younger man enjoying with a Christian rock band, that charted two Prime Ten songs.
And, definitely in the course of the 30 years that he was a full-time instructor of artwork.
But it surely was not till Johnson semi-retired from Troy College that Sienna Cloud Inventive turned a actuality.
“I wished a studio that was away from the place I lived and labored,” Johnson mentioned. “I actually wished a spot downtown Troy the place buddies may come to work and share concepts. A spot for collaboration with outcomes.”
Johnson discovered the near-perfect place on North Three-Notch Avenue simply off the sq. in downtown Troy. And, the muse of the accessible constructing was within the arts. It was as soon as the studio of famous Troy photographer Holman Johnson, no relation to Jerry Johnson, however definitely the 2 had been kindred spirits.
“The constructing had been vacant for a very long time and loads of work was wanted,” Johnson mentioned. “However, for me, for an artwork studio, it was the right place.”
Subsequent door to the accessible area was Make Artwork, an artwork studio for kids. Simply down the town avenue had been the Johnson Middle for the Arts, The Studio and a pottery workshop. Down and throughout the road was a tattoo parlor and a T-shirt design store.
Jerry Johnson couldn’t have discovered a extra excellent place for Sienna Cloud Inventive than the previous images studio.
Johnson’s studio has workplace area, work area, a collaborative area and gallery areas. There’s additionally area to host featured even and impromptu gatherings.
The art work featured at Johnson’s downtown studio is his personal and that of buddies.
Johnson’s personal work contains his “Birds Encourage” collection that options “Alabama’s yard birds, framed in previous, repurposed frames.
Included within the “Birds Encourage” showcase are two verses from Matthew 6: “Have a look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor collect into barn, and but your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of extra worth than they? And, which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Jerry Johnson’s Sienna Cloud Inventive is a spot of peaceable solitude. A spot the place artists are invited to return and create, to mirror or to share. And, his hopes are that his studio shall be part of a bigger neighborhood of artists who come collectively for inspiration a lot because the birds of the yard present inspiration for artists and others.