About jefferyjohns

Creative Director at one the nation’s fastest growing agencies working with national and global brands. Client experience includes: Procter & Gamble, Wrigley, Silk, Sara Lee, Kellogg’s, HoneyBaked Ham, Keebler, innercircle, Hill’s, Fifth Third Bank, Corporex, Miller-Valentine Group, Chiquita, The Coca-Cola Company, Long John’s Silvers, A&W Rootbeer and Johnson & Johnson. Specialties: • Seasoned professional, over 13 years experience • Excellent leadership skills • Creative experience with national and global brands • Expertise in advertising, package design, and marketing materials • Flash and multi-media expert • Management skills, team building

Sold! Brush Limbaugh

71344264_10217298261066677_1279370993978048512_oExcited to share that this painting titled, Brush Limbaugh has officially been sold.

This piece from 2011 kind of just happened as was painting all the time and decided to adhere a paint brush to canvas, once I had that I needed to solve what to make the painting. An amazing pun then occurred to me… Brush Limbaugh. From there it was my mission to create this painting. My end goal was to sell this piece to Rush Limbaugh for $10,000. That never happened but I am happy to share that I was recently able to trade Toby Hogan, a house painter this piece for painting our entire basement.

Brush Limbaugh | 16” x 24” mixed media on canvas by Jeff Johns

Click here to see the original post from 2010.

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

Photography Study to Inspire the Next Cincinnati Skyline Painting

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After spending an hour around sunset one evening on our client’s balcony here are some of the lead images that will inspire their new painting. What’s your favorite? Remember, the 👹 is in the details.

The title of this painting will be, Cincinnati Skyline | A View from Riverside Terrace 30″ x 48″ 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.

 

 

Gearing up for the Next Cincinnati Skyline Painting

71152768_10217225169919444_5254280509650894848_nIt’s amazing the people you meet and the views you see all brought together by art. Spent the start of my Friday night a few weeks ago scoping out the view of our next commissioned painting from our latest client’s amazing balcony.

What a great gig, getting invited into a home where your artwork will be featured as a focal point. Now this place was simply amazing as it opened up to panoramic views of the Cincinnati Skyline. Be sure to stay tuned to see progress.

The title of this painting will be, Cincinnati Skyline | A View from Riverside Terrace 30″ x 48″ 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.

 

 

 

 

Johns’ Roebling Bridge painting is now the cover of Cincinnati’s Budget in Brief Documents FY2020.

IMG_8300I’m super stoked to share that I’ve recently had this painting featured on the City of Cincinnati legislation documents. For fiscal year 2020, Cincinnati has selected my painting titled, Golden Evening Suspension, which will be used as the cover for the Budget in Brief, a document used by city council to assist in determining legislation spending, and will also be featured on the city’s official website.

It’s just awesome to see your passion come to life not only on canvas but other content that can really inspire the public. This particular painting selected by the City of Cincinnati showcases the strong foundation and vivid structure of this iconic landmark. At night, this bridge has the most beautiful gold color reflecting into the Ohio River. This particular painting is special to Johns, so special in fact, that he had canvas prints made of this piece to give as gifts to the groomsmen in his wedding.

IMG_8298You can see the original post for this panting here. What makes this piece extra special is that the gift of art keeps on giving, I actually sold it to longtime friend and colleague where it proudly is on display in his home, and now will live on in print and digital forms for the City of Cincinnati.

Golden Evening Suspension | 24″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns

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

Robeling Bridge Painting now on display

This painting is now proudly on display at Libby’s Southern Comfort, located in beautiful Covington, Kentucky. While on display this piece is now enjoying the amazing aroma from the best fried chicken in town. If you’re in town be sure to stop by to enjoy this latest painting of the Roebling Bridge and some out of this world southern cooking.

While making this trip, even got to enjoy some of the delicious fried chicken to-go!

On the Roebling Bridge, Cincinnati Ohio | 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns and Colin Daugherty

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On the Roebling Bridge | Cincinnati, Ohio

OntheRoeblingBridgeExcited to share that this painting of the Roebling Bridge is now complete. This reference image was capture the day before the bridge shut down for nearly three months. Now that the bridge is back up and running we figured we’d complete the painting. Also note that this is the first painting that we’ve rocked that incorporates the SkyWheel.

Planning to hang this piece Libby’s Southern Comfort here very soon. Enjoy, JJCD!

On the Roebling Bridge, Cincinnati Ohio | 40″ x 30″ 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.

View from Devou Park, Cincinnati Skyline

HERO_REFERENCEWho’s up for a challenge? We are…Ha! That’s for sure as we gear up to paint this amazing view of Cincinnati that I personally grew up with. Here’s the reference visual for the next commission painting, titled, View from Devou Park | Cincinnati. And yep, it’ll be in black and white.

Black and white paintings, are they easier? Well you don’t have to mix all the different colors, however the hard part is getting the shades of grey to separate.

Stay tuned for progress on this painting that’ll be titled, View from Devou Park, Cincinnati Skyline | 30″ 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.

The Cincinnati Skyline

CincinnatiSkyline_JefferyJ_smallProud to share this painting of the amazing Cincinnati skyline that I’ve been working for a bit. I’ve rocked this piece solo to hang outside of my boy’s bedrooms.

The Cincinnati Skyline | 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on canvas by Jeff Johns

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The Roebling Bridge

RoeblingBridge_Johns_smallExcited to share this latest painting that I’ve rocked for our home. This piece will proudly be on display in our dining room.

The Roebling Bridge | 15″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas by Jeff Johns

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The Fine Art of Creative Collaboration

JJCD_LIARTThe passion to create in contagious. The power of taking a blank canvas and creating something that never existed before. The creation not only has to be perfect, it has to be distinct. These guiding principles are critical to my success while working as an SVP, Creative Director at Seed Strategy dreaming up new ideas for consumers across the globe. With well over twenty years in the innovation business focusing on new product development, the power demonstrated by each individual bringing an area expertise to the table and owning it is critical. Plus the real magic happens when you unite with a creative professional who offers a totally different yet complementary skill. In every facet the creative process, collaboration has proven to be the most consistent force for crafting. novel, breakthrough and most importantly, enduring new products.

For example, take my career focused on Creative Direction, focused primary on the conceptual and visual components generally working on developing a broad range of specialty areas including: branding, packaging, advertising, and digital media. It’s quite often that all these capabilities can come into play on just one innovation project. However, even with this vast spectrum of expertise, the spark ignites the moment you get two creative minds in a room with a focus to solve the same challenge.

Most of my experience as a creative collaborator is being part of a highly dynamic team working as the art director teamed with a copywriter. The copywriter will bring skills such as writing body copy, headlines, new product claims and seems to always have a fresh perspective. Most copywriters I’ve worked with are the best visionaries I’ve ever met.

Where I work you’ll find a dozen teams working side-by-side to bring new product concepts to life. For example, in my role as the art director, I might come up with an arresting visual or the copywriter could say just the right word that sparks a brilliant idea. This ensemble of creative thinking during the early stages of the process is integral to the foundation and strength of the concept. The back and forth between these two distinct minds is often the secret behind that breakthrough new product that will stop a consumer in their tracks.

After experiencing the power of creative collaboration in my professional life, I wanted to see if I could put it to work to create an incredible painting. As an established fine artist, my paintings have sold from Hawaii to Cincinnati. So, how would one take this idea of teaming up with another creative and apply it to painting, which is traditionally a solitary task? Think of all the brilliant painters: Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gough, or Claude Monet. You’ll notice that with all these great artists there’s a consistency, it’s one artist, one individual who put the brush to canvas and made history. My goal was to to break this convention and see what could happen on canvas with another artist who brought different strengths.

Since my art is more impressionistic with bold color, broad strokes and a lot of texture, it was my goal to find an artist that complemented my style. I was on a journey to team up with an artist to paint a masterpiece and I eventually found that painter—Colin Daugherty. Colin brings expertise in the realism style of painting creating some of the finest and most detailed work I’ve ever seen.

Now, for over seven years we have combined these two painting techniques onto one canvas, with each piece being hyper realistic from a distance and super impressionistic up close. To this day, we’ve created quite the demand for our paintings; averaging five to ten commission works each year. Every painting has a story to tell about our process, for example, I always begin a painting on the left side as Colin works the right and we meet in the middle. Once we are at a point to switch, we just flip the canvas upside-down and begin painting from a fresh perspective. This method seems to integrate our work seamlessly across the canvas. Also, if you look closely at one of our paintings, you’ll see our personalities come through the strokes, neon colors or hits of glitter that adhere to the wet paint.

The combination of our painting talents has taken on the name JJCD Collaborations, and we focus on capturing Cincinnati cityscapes. It’s rewarding to see the vast range of work in our portfolio including paintings of the Queen City and her iconic structures. Our goal is to eventually capture every major skyline from Cincinnati to Shanghai and we’ll do that through creative collaboration.

Forming a creative partnership has proven to be super effective in both my professional and personal life. Remember to let down the ego and just bring your passion to create and own it. With creative collaboration something magical is at your fingertips.

 

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