Beth B Johns

I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and earned a degree in Studio Art from Duke University, focusing primarily on print-making, oil painting and photography.  After earning a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland and raising my two children, I worked in various design and architectural firms in Bozeman, Montana.

In 2013 my husband and I retired to Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington, where we are both able to pursue and share our respective passions:  photography and boating.  I am finding abundant inspiration on this beautiful island and its waters for making pictures.  I believe that the creative process is important for human well-being and enjoy sharing my artistic vision with others through photographs.

Here on Whidbey Island, my photographs are influenced by the moodiness of gray skies and fog, reflections on the ever-present water, and the crisp, clean light of the surprising clear days.  My subject matter varies widely from foliage and birds to buildings and boats, from expansive landscapes to tiny details.  I love the technical equipment of photography and messing about on Photoshop.  With each picture I work to bring out the quality of form, color and light that evoked my earliest sense of wonder with the world.

An essential component to the creative process comes when it feels as if I am not the one in control, but I am being directed by something beyond myself.  I believe this is the essence of inspiration and is why I love doing photography.  My hope is that what is motivated by my own surprise, wonder and awe will elicit some of the same emotions in those who view my work.