Artist biographies - Johanna Lerwick, Joe Keto and Deborah Smith

NORWICH – Johanna Lerwick, and wildlife and nature artist working in oil, was born and raised on a farm in upstate New York.

In Lerwick's mid-twenties she moved to Guam where she began to pick up the liking for photography. Soon after returning to the United States she began dabbling with pen and ink and in time she started painting oil, sea and landscapes.

“More of a hobby than anything else, she insists. I liked to create scenes that reminded me of my home, when I would miss the countryside I would paint it.”

In the years following her move back to New York Lerwick concentrated on raising her son and soon opened her farm-related business. Her love for animals continued as her love for art, although it would be another 15 years until she picked up her brushes.

Over that 15 years a lot of things in her life changed and when the time came to start painting again came, she knew it. In the time she had stepped away from her art, she had traveled throughout the United States, she had gone to Africa on Safari, she had gone to the depths of the Amazon, and home again and then she knew; it was time.

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