A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Paul Vallee Johnson often uses images in his abstract paintings that relate to the traumatic brain injury he sustained at a very young age. In spite of the seizure disorder that resulted from the brain injury, Johnson went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe in 2001 to follow through with his passion for art.
Now aged 46, Johnson never had the freedom of living away from home due to his seizure disorder. He therefore never had the opportunity to take the path that his other contemporary artists took towards their creative career like moving to New York, going through the starving artist phase, trying to get the attention of dealers and collectors and so on. Instead, he struggled alone to carve a path for himself as an abstract artist.
Studio Hemisphere is a result of the sheer force of will and inspiration Johnson found within the brain he did not ask for but has learned to live with. He mined his altered brain and created paintings that not only showcase his creativity but also depict his connection with life and the way he sees the world around him.
Some of his most loved paintings include titles such as Long Term/Short Term, Emotional Typhoon, Interruptions, and Passengers.