Welcome to Jill Johnson’s virtual home. Jill is a Georgia horse painter dedicated to excellence in equine art. Horses have captivated her imagination for as long as she can remember and she celebrates their majesty in every piece she creates— crafting the beauty and power of the horse in her portraits, and inspiring wonder in art appreciators and horse lovers alike.

Into the Wind

I fly without wings
Embracing the wind

My hooves beneath me
Send echoing thunder
Into the earth beneath me

Racing into tomorrows
Unknown to me
I go forward

Forward is the only direction
The wind and I know.

—Penny Austin



Jill Johnson remembers her grandmother telling her stories about the racehorses—trotters, she and her grandfather bred, raised and ultimately raced. She would hang onto every word of her grandmother’s stories, and would try to imagine what it would feel like to climb onto the back of a beautiful steed and gallop away; hooves pounding, mane and tail flying as she felt the power of the animal and the press of the wind that they raced against. Jill’s imaginings became the inspiration for her art, and those magical horses, her subjects of choice.

Jill is an accomplished equine artist driven by her passion for self-expression and her love of horses. She has developed an exquisite style all her own, emotive portraiture, that blends pure beauty and realism in her work. Strong lines define Jill’s portraits in a variety of media including charcoal and graphite pencils, pastels, acrylics and oil paints. In each of Jill’s works you will see certain, special characteristics of the individual subject are magnified, giving them a surreal quality. This magnification is how she brings her subjects to life, harnessing the beauty and the power of the animal, and inspiring awe in the viewer.

Jill’s horses have won awards in several competitions, but more importantly, they live in her heart and mind, where many years ago as a child, she fell in love.

Awards and Honors:

  • Honorable Mention: Atlanta Artists Center, Dogwood in Springtime Show - April 2011
  • 2nd Place: The Artist's Magazine, Annual Art Competition - Jan/Feb 2010 Edition
  • 1st Place: Johns Creek Art Center, Spring Show - May 2009
  • 3rd Place: Johns Creek Art Center, Fall Show - Nov 2008
  • Honorable Mention: A Singular Creation, Art Showdown Contest - Oct 2008


My love affair with horses started in childhood and since then, I have always loved bringing them to life in my art. In my opinion, horses possess an unequaled beauty and majesty, making them gorgeously rich subject matter. Over the years, I have discovered that every breed of horse has a story and specific characteristics uniquely their own. Therefore, to me, no one breed is more beautiful or intriguing than the next. I choose my subjects based on personal relationships I form with images or live horses that move me to tell their stories in portraiture.

My goal is to capture a moment, feeling or quality in my pieces that expresses the power, spirit and physical presence of the animal. I craft each portrait by wholly immersing myself in the creation process, spending as much time as is needed and carefully selecting materials, so that the subject will come to life in the finished product. Ultimately, I consider my art emotive portraiture where the essence of equine movement transforms into heartfelt beauty that people will experience when they view my work.

God is my inspiration and my faith is what inspires me to create. I believe that the gift of art is a special blessing, and I find inspiration in my faith to use my creative gifts to the fullest. I hope that you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.  -Jill Johnson

Job 39:19-25

Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?
It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.
The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.
In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’
It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.


    Thank you for taking the time to view Jill’s portfolio. For questions regarding specific pieces, a live showing or commissions and exhibitions, please contact Jill directly.

  • Azabache Campeon

    Original Artwork ~ 10” x 14”
    Charcoal Drawing on Vellum


    2nd Place: The Artist’s Magazine,
    Annual Art Competition - Jan/Feb 2010 Edition

    3rd Place: Johns Creek Art Center, Fall Show - Nov 2008

    Honorable Mention: A Singular Creation,
    Art Showdown Contest - Oct 2008

  • Tsunami Red

    Original Artwork ~ 20” x 24”
    Pastel on Mi Teintes


    Honorable Mention: Atlanta Artists Center,
    Dogwood in Springtime Show - April 201

    1st Place: Johns Creek Art Center, 2010

  • Rising Moon

    Original Artwork ~ 20” x 24”
    Pastel on Vellum

  • Into the Wind

    Original Artwork ~ 24” x 20”
    Charcoal and Graphite on White Vellum

    Original Sold

  • Indomitable

    Original Artwork ~ 20” x 24”
    Graphite and Charcoal on Canson Bristol Board

    Original Sold


  • Arabian Grace

    Original Artwork ~ 20” x 24”
    Charcoal and Graphite on MiTientes

    Original Sold


  • Storm

    Original Artwork ~ 20” x 24”
    Pastel on MiTientes



Jill creates original portraits and hand selects pieces for reproduction into Masterpiece Giclée prints. She can be commissioned to create custom original works of art and limited edition runs.

In addition, she offers these services:

  • Fine Art originals
  • Limited Edition Masterpiece Giclée prints
  • Commissioned Art


Jill is committed to rendering a portrait of the horse or horses of your choice. She will work with you to capture the essence of your beloved animal(s) in a painting that will become a memento you can treasure forever. For more information and inquiries about commissions or exhibitions, please contact Jill directly.

Testimonial on Into The Wind, by Penny Austin

“Charm came to me after two other people backed out, hence her full name, Third Time’s The Charm. Turns out this huge filly was only a year and a half. We worked with her very, very slowly. Sadly, it was discovered that this gentle giant of a girl had evidently suffered a trauma to her hip joint prior to coming to us, most likely as a baby. The injury will prevent her from being ridden to at anything other than a walk, so your portrait of her in full gallop means so much to me—her racing into the wind as she does here from time to time in the pasture. The power, sheer joy of just running exuding from her; you portrait captures that so well.”

—Penny Austin



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