Johanna Spinks is a Los Angeles based portrait artist whose work hangs in museums, galleries, and private collections all over the world. Mentored by eight-time presidential portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler N.A., Johanna’s style can best be described as classical with a contemporary palette knife twist. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Where Women Create, American Art Collector and Art Talk, along with TV and radio appearances on L.A. TALK Live and OurVentura TV. She has received awards and distinctions from Oil Painters of America National shows including The Daler Rowney Award for Painting Excellence in 2008, American Artist Magazine Award of Artistic Achievement, 2004, The Portrait Society of America Ambassador Certificate of Achievement for her three year term as C.A. State Ambassador, 2009, The Portrait Society of Atlanta First Place National Show, 2008, The California State Senate, and The Mayor of Ventura for her art work in the community, winning Artist of The Year in 2012. She has exhibited regularly with the historical California Art Club Annual Gold Medal National Juried Exhibitons, all museum shows. In addition to her commissioned work, spanning over 20 years working with portrait clients, Johanna has worked on two widely celebrated public portrait projects in the cities of Ventura and Malibu, each time working with a different local newspaper, with each sitter being interviewed along with the painted life sketch. "The Face of Ventura" featured 58 life portraits and is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County. A 59th full-length portrait of 102 year-old scientist Howard Boroughs was also recently accepted by the Museum into its’ permanent collection, along with the Museum hosting a solo show of Johanna’s palette knife portrait work, called “Going Under The Knife” in April 2016. Fall 2017 saw a solo show "The Face of Malibu” sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission featuring 60 life portraits, including four town mayors and California State Senator Henry Stern. Upcoming museum shows for 2018 include "The California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition” at The Los Angeles Natural History Museum and "On Location In Malibu 2018 with the CAC at The Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA.
Johanna also receives many illustration commissions each year in her popular watercolor and pen and ink series which she calls "Pen and Heart".
Recent clients have included The Stonehaus Winery, CA, (six wine label designs), The Westlake Village Inn, CA, hotel room art, and a vistiors' site map, and The Cache Hotel Group, live event drawing. Private clients have commissioned for live events, weddings, anniversaries, engagements, bridal dresses, graduations, baby announcements/showers, and special anniversaries.