Tessa is an artist who has done a wide variety of artworks. The 1980’s through the 1990’s Tessa artwork was about the American West “cowboy” and landscapes. Some of those pieces were quite contemporary and even minimal. In the late 1990’s her artwork was about minimalism. Around 2010 she focused on the natural environment.
In 2020, Tessa separated her artwork into two categories’, cowboy pieces and representational work seen on www.TessaJohnson.com and her contemporary pieces on www.TessaJohnson.art.
She is a multimedia artist working in: oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and “her style” of printmaking: intaglio, monotypes, and chine collé, as well as collage, assemblage, metal and wood sculpture and more.
Tessa holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in painting and printmaking. She is a third generation Wyoming Native residing in Jackson, Wyoming. Her artwork has been viewed in galleries in Wyoming, Sun Valley, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, Aspen, Denver, and Phoenix.
Museum shows include the Brinton Museum in Sheridan WY and the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper WY who both hold her pieces in their collection. Tessa’s artworks are included in some very impressive collections in the US, Europe and Asia.
“I most often work in series of 5 or more pieces at one time engineering and investigating ideas and new processes. Drawing is important to my process; it keeps me grounded, my creativity vibrant, and the momentum going.” ~ Tessa