Portrait Shows , Press,  Awards, Highlights


The Face of Ventura by Johanna Spinks

58 Sitters Painted From Life

Accepted Into the Permanent Collection

Museum of Ventura County

Photo: Jim Martin

YOU Tube, left, receiveing 2012 Mayor's Award



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Certificate of Recognitions, California State Senate, Senator Henry Stern

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March 9, 2019

Certificate of Congressional Recognition, United States Congress, Congressman Ted. W. Lieu

March 10, 2019,

2018 Citizens' of the Year Dophin Award Winner

"We are delighted to invite you to accept a Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation 'Citizen of The Year' Dolphin Award for all the wonderful work you have done memorializing the wonderful citizens of Malibu who have contributed to its' quality of life in your "Faces of Malibu" project, and for your more recent efforts to tell the stories, in portraits and words, of those affected by the Woolsey Fire," Karen and Arnold York, Board Chairs and Presenting Sponsors, co-publishers of The Malibu Times. 

Presented by The Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation with The Malibu Times for Contribution to the Malibu Community through Spinks' Portrait Work.

The California Art Club's 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

409 Union Street,

Pasadena, CA 91101

Artists' Gala Reception Sat. March 2nd

Pre-purchase tickets.

March 3 -29, 2019

"The Other Art Fair" Show Presented by Saatchi Art, October 2018

Hand-selected by a panel of Saatchi Art judges to exhibit Spinks'  "POP-Trait!" series. 120 artists selected out of 800 entries for show.

On Location in Malibu 2018 - Weisman Museum of Art

With The California Art Club

Two Portraits Exhibited by Spinks 

May 19 - July 29

California Art Club 107th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibtion 2018

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles,

900 W. Exposition Blvd.,

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Portrait: "The Company You Keep".

June 10- July 1, 2018, Santa Monica Airport, CA.

American Art Collector Magazine, Nov. 2017

"Collector's Focus. Portraits - The Essence of Being" by John O'Hern. Group article. 

International Artist Magazine, Dec. 2017

"Chairman's Letter" by Portrait Society of American chair Edward Jonas highlighting Spinks' Malibu portrait project and show.

Where Women Create Magazine January 2018

"Inspirng  Workspaces of Extraordinary Women". Feature article about Spinks studio and portrait work. 

The Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks, Solo Show

68 Portraits on display

The Face of Malibu with The Malibu Times

Sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission

Malibu City Hall

Oct 6 2017 - Jan. 3rd 2018

"A Woman's Place - The March on Washington"

Museum of Ventura County

March 11 -25th 2017

Group show.

106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, April 9-30, 2017

The California Art Club

"David Cameron, Brexit"

 Autry Museum of The American West

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

2016 The American Art Awards

Winner Policitcal Commentary,

"David Cameron, Brexit",  portrait

Winner, Reilgious Category

"Bishop J. Jon Bruno",  portrait

Majesty of The Great Race Place

California Art Club Juried Show

September 29 – October 22, 2016

Santa Anita Park Race Track

To Benefit Retired Racehorse

"Going Under The Knife" By Johanna Spinks, Solo Show

Solo Show Museum of Ventura County, California

Tool Room Gallery

A Collection of Palette Knife Portraits

Thru April 2016



A Toast To California

California Art Club Gallery

September 1 - January 10 2016

"Sitting Pretty: Portrait Photography from the Salon to the Selfie'

Five Painted Portraits on Display

The Museum of Ventura County

"Face to Face: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Portraiture"

Invited Juror and Exhibitor, The Museum of Ventura County.

Summer 2015

"Malibu on Location"

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

The California Art Club

May 23 - Aug 2, 2015

"California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Show"

USC Fisher Museum of Art

March - April 2015

"The Romance of Europe"

California Art Club

Jan - May 2015

The Face of Ventura by Johanna Spinks, Solo Show

Solo Show

Artists Talk April 26th, 2014

March – May 18th 2014

"A Unique Thread of Humanity" Article

Epoch Times Arts and Culture - "A Unique Thread of Humanity - Portraitist Johanna Spinks Captures The Soul of A City"

January 2014

"Prized Possessions, A Century of Collecting"

Portrait of Museum Patron Howard Borroughs

March 24 – May 19th 2013

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art 10th Anniversary Gallery Show

Invited to exhibit and  demo at event.

January 2013

Awarded Mayor’s Art Award, "Artist in The Community"


"Feel The Love", Crowell, Weedon & Co.

Solo show

December-March 2013

The Portrait Society of America Quarterly Magazine Article

Features The Face of Ventura

January 2013

The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks, Solo Show

Solo Show

58 portraits exhibited at the Museum of Ventura County, Smith Pavillion, August 2012 in conjuntion with FOOD Share and The Ventura Breeze

August 2012

Ventura County Star Article

"Painter Puts Face On A Place"

August 25th, 2012

The Portrait Society of America Quarterly Magazine Article

Features “365 Days of  Drawing By Johanna Spinks”.


American Artist Magazine Article

Features “365 Days of Drawing By Johanna Spinks”


Calfornia Art Club 100th Anniversary Gold Medal Show

Juried finalist

May 2011

Portrait of Sir Charles Laughton, Permanent Collection of The Players’ Club

Unveiling May 2011

“365 Days of Drawing" By Johanna Spinks

Solo Show, Vita Art Gallery

April 2011

Jach Richeson International 75 Portrait Competition

Juried finalist

August 2010

Portrait of Mr. Kip Forbes, National Trust of Scotland

Forbes Magazine, Unveiling New York Metropolitan Club .

June 2010

Portrait of Howard Lindsay

Permanent Collection of The Players’ Club, New York City

Unveiling May 2010

Ventura County Reporter Article

"Creative Types: Johanna Spinks... Not a Day Without Line"

September 23, 2010

International Painting Grant Award

Art residency, hosted by the town of Dinan.. Two paintings acquired by the estate of Yvonne Jean-Haffen for La Grance Vigne Museum

October 2009

"The Artists" Fellowship of New York Gala Art Show

The National Arts Club 

Invited to Exhibit Painting

September 2009

The Portrait Society of America

Successfully completed a three year term as CA State Ambassador for The Portrait Society of America.

September 2009

Jack Richeson 75 International Still Life Competition

Work chosen as the cover for show book.

May 2009

Oil Painters of America Western Regional

Juried finalist show

July 2009

The California Art Club Gold Show

Pasadena Museum of  California Art, “Pansies and A Pear’

April 2009

Portrait of Actress Angela Lansbury

Unveiled into The Players’ Club, New York

Unveiling April 2009

Oil Painters of America National Show - Daler Rowney Award of Painting Excellence

 “Heather’s Braids” 


America Artist Magazine Article

"Timeless Personalities Captured By Contemporary Portraitists". Image Norman Rockwell.

September 2008

“Something Wrong About the Mouth”

One woman show “Something Wrong About the Mouth”, Sci-Art West Gallery

July-August 2008

Ventura County Star Article

"Aritistic Touch" Johanna Spinks

November 2008

Portrait of Norman Rockwell

Unveiled June 2008

“Seven By Seven Show”, Portrait of Rex Harrison

Unveiled into The Players’ Club, New York,  permanent collection, New York City

Unveiling October 2007

Second official Bishop Commission

Commission for the Episcopalian Diocese of Los Angeles, two portraits accepted into its permanent collection at The Cathedral Centre of Saint Paul.

Full Artist Member of The California Art Club

Juried acceptance as full artist member of CAC

September 2007

First Place - Portrait Society Of Atlanta National Show



Finalist - Jack Richeson 75 International Portrait Competition - “Heather’s Braids”

August 2007

Finalist - Oil Painters of America National Juried Show - "Sienna"

Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas, “Sienna”. Image chosen by gallery to advertise the show.

April-May 2007

Finalist - Atlanta Portrait Society Spring Juried Exhibition - "Peace"

April 2007

Finalist - MAA Juried Show, Emeritus College Gallery - "Waiting"

Nov. 16 – Dec 15, 2006

“About Face”, One Woman Show, Gardens of The World

March 21st – May 1st, 2006

Finalist - Atlanta Portrait Society Spring Juried Exhibition - “Red Hat Day”

April 8th - June 10th, 2006

Finalist - Oil Painters of America National - "Rosie"


American Artist Magazine Certificate of Painting Excellence, Art, Method and Materials Show



ArtTalk Article

"The Artist's Muse -MarlaTrudine"


First Place Award, The Malibu Art Association Annual Show

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Portrait Paul Almond O.C.


The New York Times Article

"The Formal Portrait Dresses Down"

October 27, 2005

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