Fine Art Vitae 1978 Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Distinction in Fine Art, San Diego State University, California, 1980 Art Students League of New York, 1979-81 Assistant Gallery Director of Womanart Gallery, 50 W 57th St, New York City, 1982-84 Co-founder/Director Cygnus Gallery, San Diego, 2003 to present Courtroom Sketch Artist, San Diego area courts.
I started my career in 1976 with SDWS National Exhibition while still in college and my first one-woman show in New York City in 1979. My passion in life is enjoying a sense of place which I record through plein air painting. The universal encounter of inner soul meets outer world is the experience I hope you can slow down long enough to see. It’s the view that strikes me with enough force that it makes me drop everything and pick up a brush.
Laguna Beach Plein Air Best of Plein Air (2022),Oceanside Museum of ArtPlein Air Festival (2021), Pastel Society San Diego (2005-20), Galeria Carlos Olachea (La Paz, Mexico, 2000), San Diego Watercolor Society, East County Performing Arts Center (San Diego, 2000), Deicas Gallery (La Jolla, 1982), Cicchinelli Gallery (New York City, 1981), Cork Gallery (Lincoln Center, New York City,1980), Womanart Gallery (New York City 1979).
Lost Treasures of Baja California, 2nd Ed.(Illustrations), Sudcaliforniano (Review), El Peninsular (Review),XHBZC TV-CANAL 8 (Interview), Art Speak (Review), New York Times (Photograph). Courtroom sketches published by local, national and international news agencies and documentaries by A&E Cold Case, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Article 32, and NYTimes’ The Weekly.
San Javier Museum, Baja California Sur, and Jesuit Museum of Mexico City. Curator of “Portraits of Justice” a semi-permanent exhibit of courtroom art at the Edward J. Schwartz federal courthouse, San Diego, CA.
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Fallbrook Art Association. Past affiliations include Pastel Society of San Diego, Pastel Society of Southern California, Pastel Society of America, San Diego Watercolor Society and Spanish Village Art Center.
Exhibitions and Juried Shows 2022 Second Place, Paint San Clemente; First Place, The Gallery, Fallbrook Art Assoc Spring Awards Show; Third Place, FAA Plein Air Show; First Place, Best of Plein Air, LPAPA; Best of Show Fallbrook Art Association January Exhibit. 2021 First Place Oil/Acrylic, Fallbrook Art Association December Exhibition; Oceanside Museum of Art Plein Air Festival, August 1-Oct 10, (Reviewed in The Osider Magazine); First Place, Fallbrook Art Association Plein Air Competition. 2020 First Place, Artist Award, LPAPA Squared; Third Place, Pastel Society San Diego International Juried Show. 2019 Third Place, Quick Draw, Paint San Clemente Competition. 2018 Award of Merit, Bluff Strokes Paint Out, Dubuque, Iowa; Third Place, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show; First Place in Pastel, San Diego County Fair; Plein Air Participant, San Diego County Fair. 2017 Honorable Mention, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show; Second Place, Plein Air Competition, San Diego County Fair. 2016 Honorable Mention, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show; First Place, Plein Air Competition, San Diego County Fair; Honorable Mention, San Diego Watercolor Society, March Exhibition. 2015 First Place, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show; 2015 Invitational "Art of the Park" Marston House, Balboa Park Centennial Celebration; Third Place, Pastel, San Diego County Fair. 2014 Honorable Mention, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show. 2013 Honorable Mention, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show; Plein Air Participant, Art in the Pines, Torrey Pines State Park. 2012 Participant, Paint San Clemente. 2009 First Place, Pastel Society San Diego Open Juried Show. 2000 One Woman Show Melia Los Cabos; Presentación de Grupo, Cabo San Lucas, MX; One Woman Show Rutes De Misiones, Instituto Nacional Antropologia y Historia, San Ignacio, BCS,MX. One Woman Show East County Performing Arts Center (San Diego), 1982 Deicas Gallery La Jolla. 1980 Cork Gallery (Lincoln Center, New York City); Cicchinelli Gallery (New York City). 1979 One Woman Show Womanart Gallery (New York City).
“2021 Plein Air Festival the Best of Oceanside’s Ethereal Outdoors” Photo; “’Portraits of Justice’ art exhibit now showing at the downtown federal courthouse,” KFMB, 6pm News, 1/24/2020, Interview NBC7 News at 6pm, 1/24/2020, Interview; “For The Record,” San Diego Citybeat, by Kinsee Morlan 11/17/2010, Review, Photo “Local Artist to Have Display in Denver,” Douglas Daily Dispatch, 7/28/0, Review, Photo “Que Belleza, Krentz!” El Peninsular, Epoca III Aňo XI, No. 3645, 9/1/00, Review, Photo “Conmovio obra de misiones de Johnson,” El Peninsular, Epoca III Aňo XI, No. 3647,9/3/00, Review, 2 Photos “Cultura,” XHBZC TV-CANAL 8, 9/4/00, Review “Aspecto de la mission de San Borja, visito Krentz Johnson,” El Peninsular, Epoca III Aňo XI, No. 3648, Photo “Exposicion en la Galeria Carlos Olachea,” Sudcaliforniano, Aňo XXX, No. 10,647, 9/9/00, Review, 2 Photos “Bajo el Agua, Exitosa la Subasta en Benificio del Asilo de Ancianos,” El Peninsular, Epoca III Aňo XI, No. 3655,9/10/00, Photo “University de Mundial,” XHBZC TV-CANAL 8, 3/25/00, Interview “Summer Tryouts for Your Vote,” Art Speak, Vol 3, No. 2, 7/23/81, Review New York Times, August,1980, Photo. “Entertainment Guidelights,” Entertainment West, Vol 2, No. 1, 2/1/80 “Small Image Show,” San Diego Tribune, February 1976, Review, Photo.
Presently seeking representaton
Past Representation New York City: Womanart 1979-1981, Gallery Gallant 1979-81, Cicchinelli Gallery1981. La Jolla: Deicas Gallery 1982. Baja California: Golden Cactus Gallery and Copal-- Cabo San Lucas, Sol Dorado and Galeria El Encanto-- San Jose Del Cabo, Galeria Del Mar --La Paz 2000-2002
Art Instruction: 1999 Watercolor Workshop Convento de Adoratrices, La Paz, BCS, February 2000 Watercolor Class Fiesta de la Fundacion de Infantil, San Ignacio, BCS, October, 2000, part of the program for Festival de las Misiones de la Antigua California.
Workshops and demos dedicated to Casein and Plein Air welcomed. Commissions highly avoided.
Life's good 'cause there are good people in it.