Art, by Ron Johnston, from his studio at the Ranch at Joshua Tree, California.

 Ron Johnston shares his time with his business in San Diego, California, a firm called Annuity Ally, Incorporated, which supplies product distribution, training, marketing plans and services, as well as compliance advice, to insurance professionals nationally, and with his art, at his home-studio in Joshua Tree, California. If you are not familiar with Joshua Tree, it is the home of the world famous Joshua Tree National Park, a spectacular terrain, covering over 400 square miles, high in the San Jacinto mountains. It is a favorite spot for climbers, hikers, artists and musicians because of its challenging, rocky terrain, and its awesome views, this, coupled with the serenity that 4,000 foot elevations, crystal clear skies, temperate climate, and natural high desert beauty and ruggedness offers. There, overlooking the Morongo Valley, Ron and his wife, Pat, have their pueblo-styled home and studio.

Ron has created art from tubes of oil paint, as did his grandmother, since he was 10 years old. He is largely self-taught but did take some lessons in the art of color mixing and composition from an artist whose last name was “Yancy”. when he was about 12 years of age. He began doing murals when in grade school, for entire school and class projects, in Whittier, California, and was a frequent entrant and award winner in the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. His production of art has run in cycles that seem to be about a decade apart, and in 2007, after a 15 year hiatus from art, he began to get the urge to paint again, inspired by the beauty of the desert at his Joshua Tree home. He still uses the “paint-box” given to him by his grandmother, fifty years ago, including some of the oils that came with the original paintbox. He sees the entire high desert as a huge mural, and in his travels throughout the area of the southern California Deserts, he always has a sketch pad and a camera. The vast alluvial plains and vistas provide him with not only striking views of nature's efforts to carve both rivers and mountains through the rocky and volcanic landscape, but with images of history and the future, and the growing intrusion that mankind has made upon the deserts.

Within the site are some examples of Ron's work, all done in oils, with most done on Canvas. Prints, as limited editions, are available as signed or unsigned pieces to add to your collection. Originals are also available. Order forms and pricing are within this site as well, or, call Ron directly to discuss a particular piece or to arrange a special commission. He hopes that you enjoy sharing some of the views that he sees of the high desert and will appreciate your comments. You can e-mail him at




                                     The Gallery              





A depiction of the path of the Colorado River's

        path from the Sierra's to the Cities

        and towns or southern California


             “The Vanishing Colorado    #1

          Oil on Varnished Masonite


      “The stone, homesteader's house”

        This home, now deteriorating from inattention and abandoned,

        by its builder, was built approximately 50 years ago, when

        California land was being awarded as homesteads to WWII

        servicemen and women.                                                                                            #2




                                                                    Oil on Canvas



                                                       Stone homesteader’s house in Sepia tones”

                      This was an experiment in portraying the subject as it would have been, in

                           Photographs from the turn of the century, The subject is the same but all of

                           the colors and tones are in sepia-browns and brown-red tones of color. I hope

                           that you find it interesting. 








                           “The Sunrise at Joshua Tree”

                  The sunrise off the desert is spectacular, as the cool, crisp

                  Dawn awakens the sleeping sand and powder, brushing the

                 cheek of the Yucca, the Joshua Tree, the Sage and the desert's

                 animals, to say “Good Morning”.







                                   Oil on Canvas  16” x 20”


                                                             “Sunset in Joshua Tree” 

                       The sunset casts a glow across the mountaintops and the valley, leaving faint                 

                       Images of the rivulets and valleys that are hidden at night. Some nights provide             

                       just enough light, from the moon and Milky Way, that they are still visible, no,               

                       really their existence is felt, rather than seen.                                                                     



                                      A spectacle of Light and color every day                                         #6


                                                              Oil on canvas



   “The Ranch at Joshua Tree, in winter, with a coverlet of desert snow” 

    Though in the “desert”, Joshua Tree, and its neighbor, Yucca Valley,

    are nestled in the alluvial valley created by an inland sea, long since

    absorbed into the land. This seabed ranges in elevation from 3,000 to

    4,000 feet, and evidence of pre-historic sea creatures, as well as ash,

    from long gone undersea volcanoes are still abundant. From Christmas

    until late January you may go to bed with bright sunshine and 60 degrees

    and awaken to 3 feet of snow and a chilly 35 degrees.   

                                         The Ranch in Winter                     #8                                                         

                   Oil on canvas. 16” x 20”


                           “The Big Easy is a survivor”


     I had occasion to visit New Orleans for the first time, in late 2007, almost 6 months after

     The Devastating Hurricane, Katrina, had struck the area. My hotel was right on famous,

     Or infamous, Bourbon Street. Though this tourist area was only mildly affected by the

     Storm, the people who lived nearby and worked on the “Street”, were greatly affected.

     But in spite of the devastation around the area, the attitudes of the “locals” were positive

     And rang true when they said, “we are coming back…”

                                                               The Big Easy                                          #5

                                    Oil on Canvas. Approximate size: 16” x 20”



             The crisp, bright sunlight, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and

            the sounds of the quail wipe away the stress of business and the City.

            My wife, Pat, and I, have established a Sunday morning tradition of

           An egg and apple pie, with coffee and juice, to start the last day of

           Our weekend stays at the Ranch at Joshua Tree.


                                           “Breakfast at the Ranch”                #7


                                                    Oil on Canvas



                                                            “Vanishing Hemet

When I was a child, my father and I would ride to Hemet, in a rented or borrowed flatbed truck

To get a ton or more of alfalfa for our horses and cattle. Since that time, driving through Hemet

On my way to the desert, I have sadly watched the thousands of acres of fields, green with hay,

Alfalfa, Soy Beans, Carrots, and other vegetables, be replaced with row after row, and tract

After tract, of homes, placed so close together that, in the mornings, neighbors can smell each

other’s coffee. The farms and ranches that became the names of the tracts, are disappearing,

and what made the area attractive to retirees and others, its serenity and natural beauty, is

quickly disappearing.

                                                Where have all of the horses gone?                                     #14

                                                               Oil on Canvas



                                           “The vanishing farms of Hemet

                       A true sign of the demise of the farms in Hemet was this scene,

                       Which I drove by for weeks, and which instigated my desire to

                      Begin painting again. This was the last tractor that I saw, on sold

                      Farmland in Hemet, and it too, was up “For Sale”.

                                  Hemet, The Vanishing farm              #13


                                  Oil on Canvas. Approximate size: 16” x 20”


                             “The mystical sense of Amboy and its Crater”

Amboy, once a flourishing truckstop on old Route 66, has been, two decades ago, bypassed

by the freeways, and today, is only a lonely gas station, which usually has no gas, and an empty

motel. The highway that approaches it, though, passes through an area that is eerie, especially

at night. Lakes of floating white calcite shimmer in the moonlight and in the distance, you can

make out the shape of the extinct Amboy Volcano, that has, supposedly, been the home of

mystical Satanic rites. The view, during the day, is awesome as you breach the crest of a rise

and look down at an endless, long extinct seashore.


                      Old Route 66 as it approaches Amboy, 110 miles to the next station   #4


                                Oil on bent canvas frame for panoramic effect                                           



                                     “The Milky Way and desert night sky”

            This was an experiment using a vertically bent canvas panel, and a combination

            Of mediums including oil paint as well as an automotive catalyst-cured acrylic paint

            That has minute metallic flecks in it. This is the medium used to depict the millions

            Of stars within the Milky Way and is in the center core of the sky.





                                           Winter Serenity                                        

          Winter Serenity describes a crisp, clear day in the winter of 2008,

          Following a night of beautiful dry, high-desert snow, in early January.

          The loud crunch as you walk through it, while your winter boots stay

          dry, is one of the amazing and beautiful things about winter in the



                                                       Winter Serenity                                               #12



                                                Oil on canvass. Approximate Size: 36” x 36”



  Winter, and especially, snow, in the high desert, gives the land, the mountains, the dry sea beds, a mystical

  Quality, that you can not only see, but, I feel, you can also hear. The sounds in the desert, from the softening

  of the winds, to the different bird’s songs that appear only in the winter, make it an enchanting playground.


                                                      Winter in the Valley                                               #13


                                     Oil on canvas. Approximate size 24” x 20”



   The High Desert, whether it be in New Mexico, Tucson Arizona, Joshua Tree, California, or

   Antelope Valley, can put on a fireworks show, throwing thousands of volts of energy from the

   Heavens, as depicted in Homer’s stories of the fights between Hera and Zeus, that belittle any

   Commercial fireworks show. This, and 3 other paintings, were my attempt to capture some of

   The beauty and excitement of a desert lightning storm. This one was over the Marine base in

   29 Palms.

                                                   Lightning Storm over 29                              #14



                                    Oil on Canvas. Approximate size, 16” x 20”


               Pricing and description of medium



#1             The Vanishing Colorado River

    #4  Route 66 and the Amboy Crater  



Oil on Masonite   Ron Johnston

 Oil on Curved Canvas  Ron Johnston

October, 2008

 July, 2009 

Original $800.00  Prints: $100-$225.00 *

(watercolor paper only, UV coated)

Original $1,100   Prints $300-$450.00*



 #3     Sunrise in Joshua Tree

     #6      Sunset in Joshua Tree

Oil on Canvas Board   Ron Johnston

    Oil on Canvas Board    Ron Johnston

 July, 2009

    May. 2008

Original $450.00  Prints $85-150*

    Original: $450.00  Prints $85.00-$110*





#5 Bourbon Street, after Katrina

#7               Breakfast at the Ranch


              “ The Big Easy”

Oil on Canvas      Ron Johnston

Oil on Canvas     Ron Johnston

July, 2009

February, 2008

Original: $150.00   Prints $35.00-$85.00*

Original:$350.00   Prints:$100-$175.00*



#13 Hemet, the vanishing farm

#8 The Ranch in Winter



Oil on Canvas   Ron Johnston

Oil on Canvas     Ron Johnston

January, 2007

January, 2007

Original: $100.00  Prints $50-$75.00*

Original: $250.00  Prints: $75-$100.00*


#2 The Stone Homesteader’s home

#10 The Homesteader’s Home in Sepia



Oil on Canvas    Ron Johnston

Oil on Canvas   Ron Johnston

November, 2008

May, 2008

Original: $500.00  Prints: $125-$200.00*      

Original  $400  Prints: $100- $175.00*


#11 The Milky Way, From Joshua Tree

#12  Winter Serenity, in the Hi-Desert



Oil and Urethane on Curved Canvas    Ron Johnston   August, 2009

Oil on Canvas. Approx. size: 36” x 36”

Ron Johnston, March, 2011



Original $600.00  Prints: $50-$100.00*

Original: $1,200  Prints: $75-$300.00*


#13 Winter in the Valley

#14  Where have all the horses gone?



Oil on canvas. Approx size 18” x 24”

Oil on canvas   Ron Johnston  July 2007



Original: $150.00  Prints: $45-$100.00*

Original:  $ 150.00  Prints: $45.00






Prices are as listed for Originals, though I will entertain offers.  The prints are as listed with an * (asterisk)           representing signed by the artist and a limited edition

Additionally, prints vary in price from the minimum, which is printed on Matte finish Photo paper, to Watercolor paper,

All works are copyrighted. Most works are on fine weave canvas, stretched over pine wood frames. Custom framing is available at our cost, in addition to the cost of the work itself. Ron will entertain commissioned paintings

to Canvas. Signed: canvas or watercolor.

Orders for prints can be placed, with a 20% deposit. Payment may be made through Pay Pal or by check.







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