Kate Johnson is a full-time, professional artist whose work has evolved in the past year from doing life-like portraits and calligraphy on commission to focus on spirituality and finding the sacred in her paintings and crafts. Working under the business name Orison Crafts ('Orison' being a middle-English word meaning 'prayer'), she creates intricate patterns in acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and other media--often adding spiritual quotes in calligraphy--in search of her own spirituality and how it forms connections between others, and between others and herself.
While Kate is mainly drawn to painting and calligraphy, she also enjoys creating in many other forms. Her artistic energy is also fed by designing and building small mosaics, painted crafts, paper crafts, beaded works, fabric creations, and crafts in many other forms. Her greatest joy with these creations is in making Anglican prayer beads and recycling/upcycling products others might consider trash into items of beauty or usefulness.
Besides creating her own art and crafts, Kate is also an experienced teacher of both adults and children, encouraging her students to delve into their creativity and discover the artist within. She teaches both painting and crafting workshops at her studio and around the Twin Cities.