Michael Chesley Johnson, MPAC, PSA, PSNM, is an award-winning oil and pastel plein air painter working in the American Southwest and the Canadian Maritimes. Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as a juried member of Oil Painters of America. Michael is the author ofThrough a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and writes regularly for The Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. His new book, Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Pastel & Oil, was published in November, 2008. His studio is on Campobello Island, New Brunswick - Friar's Bay Studio Gallery - and he teaches throughout North America.