"I love Coney Island. I'm not a native, but I have the sand in my shoes, as they say. I am influenced by places and the ebb and flow of human experiences over time, and great beauty in the ghosts that reside in our everyday lives. The parties that we missed, yet can still hear if we listen close enough. The echoes of joyful screams that you can still hear in the dead of winter when the rides are closed. I believe it’s human nature to long for days we feel were simpler than the days we live now. Reflection, snippets of light and color that one might miss walking through today’s modern and evolving Coney Island - this is what I attempt to capture. I respect Coney’s past & present - the people, the architecture. I feel it’s something worth preserving."
As a painter, Johnny works mainly in oils on wood, canvas & found objects. Raised and educated in North Carolina, he moved to Brooklyn in 2002 where he currently resides with his wife, Shanna. He is a partner at Five Points Graphics, a design agency that creates for a wide swath of industries including fashion & textiles.
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