Soldier Stories

Art by Marilyn Johansen

November - December 2018

Reception hosted by the Navy League of Fort Lauderdale:  Sunday, November 18 | 4pm - 7pm
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About Soldier Stories
Marilyn Johansen is an artist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She also teaches and competes in Art Exhibitions, both locally and nationally. Her talents are expressed through a multitude of subjects and her awards are numerous.

Her life’s ties to the U. S. military has produced a series of paintings in tribute to those special to her. Entitled Soldier Stories, Marilyn presents and lectures on her portfolio of original art works. Raised in a military family, she lived from Brussels to Okinawa and throughout the United States. Her father was a career military Air Force fighter pilot who flew in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Her husband was a Marine in Vietnam and her nephew is a veteran of a tour in Afghanistan. She has relatives currently in the military.

Marilyn works to create a mood and evoke an emotion rather than apply a particular style. Her variations are as different as the wars and places and details themselves. But she captures commitment, service and sacrifice in each of her presentations.

About Marilyn Johansen
Marilyn brings her life experiences to her art, having lived from Belgium to Okinawa and places in between. Her artistic studies began at age ten. She conducts demonstrations in watercolor, judges, shows and teaches acrylic and watercolor classes at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale. She enjoys painting in all mediums. Marilyn is a member of local and national societies. She has signature status with the Miami Watercolor Society, Palm Beach Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She has served as President of the Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. 

Marilyn’s most recent awards Northlight Books SPLASH 20, Best in Show Broward Art Guild Members Show 2013; First Place Award, Miami Watercolor Society Fall Show 2013; First Place Award, Venetian Art Society 2014; Best in Show Miami Watercolor Society Spring Show 2014 and 2018; First Place Award, Boca Raton Museum Artists’ Guild 2014.  First Place Award Plantation Art Guild Spring Exhibition 2016; First Place Award Miami Watercolor Society 43rd Annual Spring Show 2016; Best in Show awarding in the Palm Beach Watercolor Society Fall Exhibition 2016; Honorable mention in the 2016 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society; winning the Duane Whitney Martin Award with the American Society of Aviation Artists 2016 and the 2017 Bronze Award in the Southern Watercolor Society.  As a featured single artist, Marilyn’s ‘Bird Series’ has been featured at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston. Her ‘Soldier Story Series’ of 12 paintings honoring our US Military was booked in three Galleries in 2016 and was recently featured at the Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida.