ridgely johnson

ridgely johnson

an American folk artist

My painting career began in the early 1980’s in Southern California where I took classes from many accomplished decorative painters. What followed were years of painting and teaching others to paint including an invitation to teach at the prestigious National Tole Painting Society Convention as well as a selection of my work was included in a permanent Christmas Collection in the Smithsonian Institute.

Then... life got in the way: a divorce, a move back to the East Coast and a new start. What followed next were twenty five years of Primitive inspired Quilting and lastly, cross stitching within the covey of the Primitive Stitcher’s Society- a group of stitchers  devoted to the love of Prim cross stitch and punch needle. Through the group I read about an artist and Punch Needle Designer, Teresa Kogut, teaching a course on painting... Angels.

The rest, as they say, is history. I picked up my paintbrush after 30+ years and haven’t stopped painting since. I paint in acrylics on mixed media- canvas, cradled board, wood and/or embossed, decorative paper. My pieces are crackled, antiqued and then varnished with at least three coats of professional water based varnish. All my work is original, signed and dated. The symbol ‘0’ indicates to the viewer the piece is an original. Please note the size of my paintings to get an accurate reflection of the work. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am truly humbled and honored to be in this group

I am married to a 33 year veteran Law enforcement Officer- the love of my life. Billy and I live in Summerville, South Carolina with Sammy, our very spoiled Jack Russell Terrier.

Rose is an Angel -painted on 12” x 12” x 1 1/2” cradled board- with aging -process beginning after painting is finished. ***SOLD***


Gabriel named as such because isn’t that an Angel’s name ;-) - Gabriel is a mixed media painting 18” x 24” x 7/8”. Piece was aged to,appear old- primitive. Colors include gold and teals. ***SOLD***


Lily- named for an Easter lily, Lily is painted on a 16” x 20” x 7/8” canvas- Painted with acrylics, Lily was finely crackled prior to varnishing.


Bella is a 16’ x 20” acrylic mixed media painting on back splined canvas. Darker shades of blue are used throughout the painting . **SOLD**


Mixed Media Handpainted Original 16” x 16” x 7/8”. Painting of angel is in acrylics, crackled and antiqued. Piece is aged to appear old thus Primitive with layers of paper and different media. Colors predominantly are Steal Blue/Payne’s Gray.