For Susan Johnson, painting is an act of discovery and the painting process enables her to closely examine what she finds fascinating. Primarily painting with watercolor on hot press, Susan is interested in creating compositions that depict familiar species from new perspectives. While the organisms themselves remain recognizably realistic, she minimizes the context of their environment and uses negative space, reflection and cast shadow to encourage viewers to take a closer look. As she indulges her own need to look and learn through her painting, Susan seeks to portray the familiar in ways that will encourage others to stop for a moment and stare along with her. A career science educator, Susan has her B.S. from Cornell and an M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education and works with students and faculty at Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Harvard Ed Portal. She taught secondary school biology in the Newton and Belmont, MA school systems and prior to that worked on several PBS science documentary series. She calls both mid-coast Maine and the Boston metro area home, and enjoys engaging all ages in learning about biological processes, the environment and the arts.