Cathy Johnson is a painter, author and teacher who grew up in Independence, Missouri, and now lives in a small town near there. She took a fun evening and weekend classes at the Kansas City Art Institute as a young woman, but is otherwise completely self-taught. She has authored eight North Light books, as well as Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature, Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature, and writes for Watercolor Artist magazine. You can see more of her work at www.cathyjohnson.info.
Source: An Illustrated Life