Alli Johnston is a visual artist based in Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.) Of settler descent, she was born and raised in southern Ontario, the traditional territories of the Attawondaron. She moved to Corner Brook in 2001 and now splits her time between her homes in Corner Brook, on Exploits Islands, and on Fogo Island, the traditional territories of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk people.
Alli's multi-disciplinary art practice focuses on her sense of place as well as her connection with and responsibility to nature.
Her first visual art form was film photography and she began painting with watercolour in 2006. In recent years she has expanded her art practice to include natural dyeing techniques and print making.
Alli is a primarily self-taught artist, however she has been working to expand her skills and knowledge and has taken credit courses in textile art, printmaking, and drawing in the Visual Arts program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.
She studied page layout and design at Toronto's George Brown College and has worked in marketing and communications for over 20 years.
Alli has held two solo exhibitions at the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre and was the featured artist for the Writer's at Woody Point Festival in 2018. She's the recipient of two ArtsNL Professional Project Grants and a Creative Gros Morne Project Grant for her installation "...and still the wildflowers grew." She was awarded a Newfoundland & Labrador Arts & Letters Award in 2022.
In the fall of 2023 Alli mounted a solo exhibition of textile work at the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador's Main Gallery entitled "The Bridge."
Her watercolour painting "Big Dipper Watches Over the Forest" is the album artwork for the latest release from award-winning Newfoundland band The Once.
Photo: Vicky Taylor-Hood