“There’s a big difference between looking at the town you live in and truly seeing it.” —Jeff Johns

 Jeff Johns’ paintbrush is extremely well-travelled. Since 2008, he’s created numerous cityscapes, tracing the geometry of countless buildings, bridges and boulevards—and fixing the shifting skies that frame them—brushstroke by brushstroke.

An award-winning creative director in his professional life, Johns got serious about painting as a fine artist once he found his muse in the Cincinnati skyline. His epiphany arrived while watching the city’s flickering transition from day to night, from the vantage point of Devou Park, a Northern Kentucky hilltop mere minutes from where he grew up. At that moment he decided to dedicate himself to capturing the ever-shifting face of cities and making them instantly knowable through his art. He soon learned, however, that a town’s essence doesn’t yield easily to the paintbrush. That takes time. One of his larger canvases usually requires up to 150 hours, over multiple sessions, before Johns feels he’s successfully captured the energy of a given moment in a city’s life. The paintings subsequently find their way into the homes of collectors, many of whom claim they feel a greater connection to their cities, thanks to their daily interaction with Johns’ work.

While painting is traditionally a solitary pursuit, Johns has also found a meaningful way to break that convention through a unique collaboration with fellow painter Colin Daugherty. The two artists complement each other, with the rawness of Johns’ more impressionistic style balancing the precision of Daugherty’s more photorealistic style. Working side by side, they’ve generated dozens of paintings together, frequently under commission by highly engaged collectors. Today, Johns and Daugherty’s creative partnership shows no signs of slowing. Which is fortunate. After all, there are still miles and miles of cityscapes to cover, brushstroke by brushstroke.


Seasoned professional, over 17 years experience. Jeff consistently delivers breakthrough on-strategy creative at lightning speed. Currently facilitates marketing one of the the country’s fastest growing innovation firms.

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Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals

With every painting there’s a story on how the piece came to life. This here is a look behind the process of our latest commissioned painting titled, Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals.

Why the name you may ask? This is because our client reached out wanting a painting for their dining room. There was a beautiful original piece of art that their 6-month old son, Brice created. The ask to us was to take this as inspiration to create artwork for them. We took the original painting to see what it would inspire. We then provided a range of 12 “painting reference approaches” to see what resonated with our client. One area that Brice’s original painting took us to was the Chinese translation of happy which we worked up as an option.

From there we refined and optimized to get to an aligned reference visual. Once we had that we got the painting started. While it’s fun to share the progress it’s also neat to see a look at the process that lead to one of our co-creations to capture the vision of our client and their 6-month old artist son.

Brice’s Beautiful Botanicals | 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

If you’re interested in commissioning your own masterpiece call Jeff Johns today. 859.630.9657. Click here for the contact page.

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