About the Artist: Barb Johnson

Barbara Johnson is a native Nebraskan with a passion for artistic endeavors. Her expertise and commitment to sharing her skills has taken her around the globe and back again. As an art teacher with the Department of Defense Schools (DODDS) in both Germany and the United Kingdom, Barbara was the West Ruislip American Elementary School Art representative for the annual "Young at Art" Exposition for American students from DODDS schools throughout Europe.

Art has influenced every avenue and aspect of Barbara's life. While Barbara primarily loves to draw and paint, she also excels in calligraphy, stained glass, custom sewing, designing and making soft sculpture toys, building furniture, writing and illustrating children's stories, as well as baking and decorating cakes and pasties. Barbara recently launched her own home-based business creating "Kinder Murals" where she custom designs and hand-paints the walls of children's bedrooms to reflect their interests and personalities.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year Barbara is participating in the City of Lincoln's Watershed Management Artistic Rain Barrel Program. Her previous submissions were "Singing in the Rain" in 2011, "Peacock in ala Tiffany Garden" in 2012 and "Home Before the Storm" in 2013.

Barbara is married to Russ Johnson and resides in Lincoln. They have two married sons, Chad and Kim Johnson and granddaughter Sylvie of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Daniel and Candice Johnson, and grandchildren, Haley, Cole and Erik of Wichita, Kansas.

To contact Barb, email: barbjj@windstream.net

Artwork Interpretation: "Discover the Nebraska Prairies"

I chose to depict a typical Nebraska Prairie scene to highlight the many flowers, grasses and animals that are indigenous to the eastern Nebraska plains. Encircling the base of the barrel I focused on providing insets of several common examples which help to maintain the delicate ecosystem of the fragile existence of our native grounds.

Other rain barrels by this artist:
2011: "Singing in the Rain"
2012: "Peacock in the Garden a.k.a. L.C. Tiffany"
2013: "Home Before the Storm"