My name is Evan Sigurd Johnsen and I am a freelance painter of science fiction and fantasy landscapes.
Under the Canopy
Pathway to the Sky
Ascension. This towering city grew upwards rather than outwards owing to a supernatural scourge arising from the ground, killing all it envelopes. Fear drives progress in Ascension as new building techniques allow the citizens to flee higher and higher.
Watercolor on Paper
The Heavens Beneath Our Feet
The title of this painting is an abridged quote from Henry David Thoreau's "Walden". The full quote reads: "Heaven is beneath our feet as well as above our heads". This painting is intended as a celebration of this idea; a depiction of nature standing as it's own monument.
For Earth Day 2016
Happy Earth Day, Everyone.
This dreary, gas-lit alleyway is nestled on the valley level of the towering city of Ascension. Only the poor and forgotten live here. But even forgotten, hints of it's former prestige remain.
Ink and Watercolor, 18x24
This digital painting depicts a frozen-over industrial complex. Cold Processing is one in an ongoing series of paintings depicting the slow and patient power of natural forces.
This Isolated community rests along a semi-circular array of cliffs surrounding a glacier-fed lake. The fishermen here make a very good living off the large population of hefty fish seldom found elsewhere.
Watercolor and Digital
I always remember being blown away by the backgrounds in the old RPG and Adventure games of the 90's and early 2000's. From 11th Hour on the PC to Chrono Trigger on the original Playstation I've always liked the pre-rendered environments and found them more immersive than the chunky attempts at 3d spaces that were being attempted at the time. Fateful Destination is an attempt to recreate the sort of image that we might find while playing those kinds of games, I hope you like it.
Ansel's Iron Helmet
A literal piece. Helmet rock is located off the northern California coast near San Francisco. I once took a photo of Helmet Rock, intending to do a study of it later, little did I know how utterly dreadful and useless my photograph would turn out to be. Completely black shadows and glaring light... dreadful. Happily Ansel Addams had also photographed Helmet Rock, so I was able to reference his.
Ink, Marker and Digital
Desolation is an Ink and Watercolor work on paper. Solitude is a subject I return to often and Desolation is certainly in keeping with this somewhat unintentional tradition. Although with this utterly barren landscape, dead trees and muted moonlight we're pushing on that treacherous barrier that separates Solitude from Loneliness.
Ever been to an abandoned beach? I strongly recommend it. There's an odd relationship we can form with the world around us when no-one else is there to provide distraction. Keep things quiet outside long enough and you'll find quiet within.
Watercolor on Paper
A Reminder of Sunlight
An early work. This represents one of my first attempts at a large scale painting. The intention was to depict two different paths: one towards the building on the upper left, the other towards the green horizon on the center right. In my estimation this was almost entirely unsuccessful as no pathway to the left is apparent. Looking at this painting now, however, I realize that there's a nice contrast between the imposing structure with it's rocky sentinels and the inviting brightness of the field beyond. I suppose that's why I still like this painting, despite it's age.
Acrylic on Canvas
There's a thundering drama inherent to the northern California coastline. Many stretches of it loom with austere cliffs and churn with treacherous currents. But in some cases, during some times, a play of light will reveal a playful dance of water on illuminated stones.