Born in 1936 to immigrant Norwegian and Swedish parents, Floyd Morris Johnson has spent his life inspiring others in and outside the art community. With works displayed in the National Hockey Hall of Fame and the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah Iowa among others, Mr. Johnson has lead a flourishing art career which included owning/operating two successful art galleries in his home state of Minnesota. After graduating in 1956 from the University of Minnesota, where he contributed to the Minnesota Daily, a campus newspaper as a cartoonist, Mr. Johnson started his professional career. He designed package labels for a manufacturing company for a number of years before he went on to explore his adventurous side with his brother, also an artist, during a tour of Europe where he gained inspiration for his future art work. After moving to New York City where he worked as a freelance artist for a number of years, Mr. Johnson moved back to his home state of Minnesota where he continued to sharpen his skills as a commercial free-lance artist. Despite suffering from a deteriorating retina condition which left him completely blind in his right eye and partially blind in his left, Mr. Johnson went on to open his own gallery in 1978, Viking Art Gallery, inspired by his heritage. A year later he opened his second gallery, Floyd Johnson Gallery in 1979 which he owned and operated for a number of years. Mr. Johnson moved to Lake Tahoe in 1987 where he marketed his freelance paintings and drawings while enjoying his other passion, landscaping, where he was able to take his artistic creativity and apply his vision to
“art-scaping” his property. During this time, Mr. Johnson contributed to the Lake Tahoe Tribune as a cartoonist. He semi-retired to Mesquite, Nevada, where he continued his cartoon work via the Desert Valley Times. He now resides in Mesquite, Nevada..
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