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ARTIST STATEMENT

Robert Johnson was born and raised in Cheboygan, Michigan and now resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Rio Verde, Arizona. As a teenager, Robert loved woodworking with his father and took several class's that were available. After attending Ferris State College in Photographic Engineering he moved to Lake Geneva and later attended Gateway Technical College in computer science.  Robert was a software developer for over 20 years working as Chief Development Officer for a computer software company, he also was a woodworker at heart and pursued woodworking as a hobby. Robert learned new techniques over the years taking local classes, instructional videos and reading books. Robert & his wife Mary then built their own house which they still reside in.  In 2003 Robert had the epiphany that being creative in woodworking made him happier than anything else. He resolved to move his passion out of the software business and pursued his life long love of woodworking doing various projects and working several years in a cabinet shop.  In 2010 Robert launched Johnson Custom Furniture and has been designing and making furniture every day since then.    Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, several Native American artists, and the South West, Roberts vibrantly colorful work with highly figured wood is artistic yet functional.  Thru his work with dyes and figured wood he continues to explore and expand the possibilities of design to create one of a kind limited production pieces.  His furniture is seen on his web site, Fine Art and Craft shows in the Mid West and South West and a few selected galleries and shops.After working for more than 20 years in the software business, he revels in the tangible and beautiful results he sees after a day in the shop. A pile of wood is transformed into something that will make someone else as happy to have it in their home as he is to create it.  7 years later he still loves what he does, and frequently claims that he has the best job in the world.  When the creative juices are flowing he can't wait to get out of bed and into the shop.  The second best part of his job is traveling to shows, and seeing how people really like his work. 

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