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 Artist Statement

My work is the physical manifestation of my intrigue..my captivation..my obsession with glass, color and light.  Being fairly rigid, orderly and well-defined, my glassmaking process teaches me patience and, never letting me feel too comfortable in my mastery of it, keeps me humble.

Ultimately, I aspire to create glass art - paying attention to the impact that light has on it in its various stages of opaqueness,  translucence and transparency - that stirs viewers to a deeply emotional response.  Especially in these days of social upheaval and intense political discourse, I hope to make work that can - if only for a moment -  provide at least a moment of respite, peace and beauty for my viewer.

                                                                                                                                           ~    Mark Lenn Johnson  

Guidng Inspirational Philosophy
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist."                                                                                     
                                                                           ~ St. Francis of Assisi