Buena Johnson is a highly skilled fine artist, painter and photographer who's love for art has existed since she was a child. Her attention to detail and understanding that even the small things count, led to her being successful at drawing with photographic realism. Her preferred medium is Pencil.
She has received widespread recognition for her legendary jazz, blues and gospel fine art as well as her wide body of work featuring Angels, the spiritual realm and uplifting messages inspired by verses from The Bible. Her hope is to share God's love and light with the viewer.
Buena's work continues to evolve as she searches to have deeper meaning and purpose in her art. She is now focusing on social issues and moments that touch the heart.
Portrait Commissions: Halle Berry, Actress; Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post (commissioned by Tavis Smiley); The Los Angeles Dodgers-Eric Gagne; Bernard Kinsey, collector & more.
Art Director Club Award, NY; Beverly Hills Art Show Awards, CPSA Chapter Awards & numerous Best of Show, Art fair & Art group Awards.
Buena’s Life’s story and art featured in UPSCALE magazine; By BAILA- Book dedicated to Oprah Winfrey; The KINSEY COLLECTION book, housed by the Smithsonian which presently continues to travel to museums & galleries around the country; The Los Angeles Dodgers Collector’s Edition magazine; Platte Productions-The Colored Pencil Magazine; DREAMSTARTER-a book for Inspiration & Ideas.
A partial list of Buena’s clients include Oprah Winfrey, Dick Van Dyke, Queen Latifah, Barbara Sinatra, Tasha Smith, producer; United Airlines, churches, gospel recording artists, socialites & general public.
A graduate of Pratt Institute of Art in New York, Buena has had several one-woman shows, and exhibited widely across the United States and in Tokyo, Japan.
She spent several years working as an advertising and editorial freelance artist for such clients as McDonalds, United Airlines, Harcourt Brace Publishers, Houghton Mifflin, Scott Foresman and major newspapers and magazines in Illinois, Ohio & NY. (This is a partial client list). Additionally, Buena has done lectures and art workshops in California, Georgia and Nevada and continues to exhibit her extraordinary talent in both the fine art and photographic mediums.
'I am grateful that my work inspires and pleases others and humbled to have the gift of art.'