Less an online portfolio and more a general dumping ground of field sketching

"The tradition of Howard Brodie, Bill Maudlin, and Winslow Homer's stunning Civil War art for Harper's Weekly, is alive and well in the drawings of Richard Johnson."
JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY, Author of "We Were Soldiers Once … and Young"


"Johnson draws in the field, sparking an immediacy and freshness that traditional war illustrations lack . . . he never goes back to it to do the ‘prettying up’ that other artists do . . . he captures the everyday reality of life on the ground through his raw artistic approach".
JENNIFER LOCKE JONES, Smithsonian Museum of Armed Forces History


Field work

Iraq 2003

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With the US Marine Corps invading Iraq in 2003.

Afghanistan 2007

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Kandahar, Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces in the thick of the fight in 2007.

Afghanistan 2011

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Kandahar, Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces in a shifting conflict in 2011.

Afghanistan 2012

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Qalat, and Kabul, Afghanistan with US and last of Canadian Forces in 2012.

Afghanistan 2014

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Ghazni, Kandahar, and Kabul, Afghanistan with US forces in 2014.

Ukraine 2015

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Ukraine with Canadian and US forces working a training mission in 2015.

Norway 2018

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In Norway with the United States Marines during Trident Juncture in 2018.

Djibouti 2018

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In Djibouti with the United States Marines during Alligator Dagger in 2018.

Iraq 2019

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In Kuwait and Iraq with the United States Marines for Inherent Resolve in 2019.

Wounded Warriors

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Work with wounded personnel in Canada, US, and Afghanistan since 2003.

Homeless folks

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Homelessness in the US including a stay in a homeless shelter for veterans.

United Nations refugees

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Internally displaced people and refugees. 

USMC base Quantico

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Sketches from the USMC basic school in Quantico, Virginia.

USCG and NORAD

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Sketches of NORAD and Coast Guard installations, personnel, and aircraft.

Courtroom drawing

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Courtroom art from various trials of terrorists and politicians.

Pediatric cardiac intensive care unit

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Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) of the Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. 

Life drawing

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All the naked people from life drawing. Just the good drawings though.

Urban sketching

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All the drawings I do when I am not drawing for a specific purpose.

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