Lady Johnson Arias
Known as “Doña Lady” in her neighborhood of Los Sauces in the Central American Republic of Costa Rica, she started painting as a hobby some years ago, when she was in her 60s. She became very prolific, and still paints after turning 80. She has done over 300 pieces, mostly landscapes depicting folkloric scenery of her native country, where her art sells well.
Even though Lady Johnson Arias is getting on in age, she still builds her own frames and stretches her own canvas to paint on. Her paintings are “true” originals. Artistic talent is hereditary, thus, Lady Johnson Arias is the mother of Lalo artist Hannia Smith.
In addition to being seen both online and in Lalo’s Galleries in Front Royal and Luray, Virginia, her art is owned by collectors in the U.S. and Costa Rica.