Becky Johnson Pastels

About the Artist

Becky Johnson Pastels

PO Box 19985

Colorado City, Colorado  81019



Born near St. Louis, Missouri, Becky Johnson spent her childhood traveling extensively with her military family.  From her earliest years, drawing has been her primary creative outlet, and after moving to Colorado in l972, she began to pursue painting as a full-time career.


Becky’s distinctive style in the dry medium of pastel is self-taught.  After an early focus on painting wildlife, landscape has become her primary subject in recent years.  Photos taken while traveling to and from art show often provide reference for new work, and in 2005 an opportunity to paint “en plein air” offered another exciting element to her landscape painting.  She is especially intrigued by light and often chooses to light a scene with early morning or late afternoon sun.


Becky participates in juried and invitational exhibits throughout the west and Midwest, and her work has received numerous awards.  Her paintings are included in collections throughout the United States and overseas and is available in a growing number of self-published reproductions.




Recent awards:

2016  Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award,  Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal

2016  Finalist in the Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine 

2016  Pikes Peak Pastel Society Award and the Glaser Frames Award,

          The Pastel Society of Colorado’s 2016 Mile High International

2016  Bronze Award, 2016 Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibit

2016  First Prize, General Membership, 2016 Pastel Society of the West Coast Membership Show

2015  Finalist in the Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine

2015  Jack Richeson & Co. Gold Award—29th Pastels USA,  Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

2014  Best of Show 2D—48th Annual Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2013  Award of Excellence—47th Annual Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2012  Award of Excellence—46th Annual Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado              

2011  Best 2D—Mulvane Art Museum’s Mountain/Plains Art Fair, Topeka, Kansas

2010  First Place 2D—44th Annual Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2010  Second Prize, Animals and Wildlife Category, Pastel 100, The Pastel Journal

2009  First Place 2D—43rd Annual Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2009  People’s Choice—Douglas Invitational Art Show, Douglas, Wyoming

2009  Best Framing Award—American Plains Artists 25th Anniversary Art Show, Odessa, Texas

2008  Award of Excellence—Mosaics, Missouri Festival of the Arts, St. Charles,  Missouri

2008  Publisher’s Award—Art of the West, American Plains Artists 24th Annual Juried Exhibit and     

          Sale, Midland, Texas

2008  First Place Drawing/Pastels—Castle Rock ArtFest, Castle Rock, Colorado

2008  Best of Show 2D—Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2007  Juror’s Award—Castle Rock ArtFest, Castle Rock, Colorado

2007  Best of Show/First Place—26th Annual Fine Art Fair and Wine Fest, Washington, Missouri

2006  First Place-Professional—Victor Celebrates the Arts Plein Air Competition, Victor, Colorado

2005  Best of Show-Landscape—Operation Wildlife  Art Show, Overland Park, Kansas

2005  Best of Show-Fine Art—Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado

2005  Best of Fine Art—Castle Rock ArtFest, Castle Rock, Colorado

2004  Best of Show—Arts for All, Lawton, Oklahoma


Museum Collections:

The pastel paintings Lookout-Hummingbird and Coming Rain are included in the permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas.

The pastel painting Prairie Evening is including in the permanent collection of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The pastel painting River Sunset was part of the Art in Embassies Program.

Two pastel paintings were featured in articles in the January/February 1993 and March/April 1993 issues of Wildlife Art News magazine.

“The sense of excitement and awe that I derive from time spent observing and photographing nature is what I try to impart in every painting.  My goal is to paint a portrait of an individual animal or place and share with the viewer a unique moment in our natural world.


Pastel is a challenging medium in which to work.  It’s a little like painting with pure pigment.  There are no brushes or palettes or thinners; the colors are applied and mixed directly on the paper surface, which allows for an unequalled spontaneity and brilliance.  I work on a variety of paper textures and colors, which also affects the finished painting.  It is a long-lasting medium that with proper framing and care will retain its luminous qualities for generations.”