From P. Girouard:
“The first thing that strikes me about Layne Johnson’s work is the immediate sense of place. I had the great pleasure of purchasing his western painting “Trouble Brewing” as a gift for my father, an old cowboy himself. Looking at it, I can feel the humid air and hear the distant thunder of the approaching storm. Layne is more than a gifted painter. He is a master storyteller and I am always eager to see what the next one will be.”
From the Jacobsens:
“When we first saw the portraits…… My heart sort of leapt! It’s difficult to understand how you could translate the image into your brain, down your arm and hand and onto the canvas with such beauty and accuracy, down to the strands of hair and light on the pearls!
The portraits give us joy each and every day. You can bottle that joy and sell it!
The portraits are much more natural to us than a photograph. Because you took the time to learn about the children and their personalities, we feel that the portraits reflect who they are and captured their natural beauty: Amelia reads and is verbal; Rachel is musical and reserved; Stefan follows his own path.
You captured their “essence.”
We were not so sure another artist would have taken the time to do this. When we look at the portraits on a daily basis it’s as though they are here, as though they could step out of the canvas. We also feel we wanted to offer them an “experience” which isn’t done often – have your portrait painted – not many people do this. We know that they appreciated this as they felt very special and speak very fondly of the experience. There is something to capturing a period of a young person’s life which most people remember with such fondness.
Having a portrait painted is a thoughtful process. You must stop, ponder and think, sometimes out loud, but also quietly about what it is you are trying to capture. A portrait is for the ages . . . something to be passed down generations . . . and maybe eventually in a museum.”
From P. Murchison:
“I liked “Red” because I felt drawn into the painting. I thought I was looking at Little Red Riding Hood embarking on a journey into the forest, perhaps to her grandmother’s on that ill-fated trip, or perhaps for some other adventure. I loved how the woods were about to envelope her, which was both exciting and a bit frightening. I identify with “Red”, feeling insecure and unsure, but am ready to move forward, come what may.”
“I feel happy every time I stop and look at the painting.”
From A. Jacobsen:
“The little painting “Glade” – I loved the path of light . . . It reminded of of walking down a particular bend in the road at my Grandparents place, where there is a lot of overhang from the trees and you can see the light as you’re beginning to round the bend. On another level the path of light represents hope, sort of the “light at the end of the tunnel”.
Also it made me feel a sense of “surprise” or “mystery” at what might be ahead at the end of the path. Would it be a field with cattle, or wheat or tall sunflowers? Would there be an old barn there with interesting wood?
When we can afford to, we buy what speaks to us.”