, Patrick Henry Johnson was born in Valdosta Georgia in the autumn of 1963. I am the seventh of ten children of Hattie Johnson and William Henry Tillman. Ever since I can remember art has been a guiding force in my life, my oldest brother Johnny was my first teacher. He taught me how to hold a pencil and more importantly, how to see.
As a precocious and curious child, I was driven to find art materials in an environment that didn't nurture art nor care about those materials.
Survival was at the forefront of my parent's minds. I would be sent out on scavenger hunts to find paper and pencils. The paper came from books which had blank pages front and back, after taking a razor blade to the texts I had a stack of paper! Mission achieved!
I dream about painting when I am talking with someone I can see in their face how to light them, how to position their face for the best view for a composition.
I get lost in conversation because I have drifted into a painting and I am working it out. I am currently working on my greatest series of paintings ever! Well, that's until the next series.