About the Artist: Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson is a native Nebraskan with a passion for artistic endeavors. Her expertise and commitment to sharing her skills has taken her around the globe and back again. As an art teacher with the Department of Defense Schools (DODDS) in both Germany and the United Kingdom, Barbara was the West Ruislip American Elementary School Art representative for the annual "Young at Art" Exposition for American students from DODDS schools throughout Europe.

Art has influenced every avenue and aspect of Barbara's life. While Barbara primarily loves to draw and paint, she also excels in calligraphy, stained glass, custom sewing, designing and making soft sculpture toys, building furniture, writing and illustrating children's stories, as well as baking and decorating cakes and pasties. Barbara recently launched her own home-based business creating "Kinder Murals" where she custom designs and hand-paints the walls of children's bedrooms to reflect their interests and personalities.

Barbara is married to Russ Johnson and resides in Lincoln. They have two married sons, Chad and Kim Johnson and granddaughter Sylvie of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Daniel and Candice Johnson, and grandchildren, Haley and Cole of Wichita, Kansas.

Artwork Interpretation: "Singing in the Rain"

"Singing in the Rain" was created as an interpretation of the famous scene from the 1952 classic musical film of the same name. In the scene, actor Gene Kelly suspends himself from a lamppost and joyfully dances down the street in the rain. The reverse side captures a young girl freely experiencing the feel, taste and pure joy of dancing and splashing in the puddles created on her driveway.

Other rain barrels by this artist:
2012: "Peacock in the Garden a.k.a. L.C. Tiffany"
2013: "Home Before the Storm"
2014: "Discover the Nebraska Prairies"