Professor of Old English Languages at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
I first met Jay Johnstone surrounded by his artwork at the Return of the Ring conference in Loughborough in August 2012 – and was struck by two things.
First, the impact some of his pictures had on my psyche, and second, by Jay’s dedication to his craft. The former can be attributed to the power of his artistic vision and his talent to cast his ideas into a form that speaks directly to the observer’s innermost being.
Yet Jay Johnstone’s pictures also contain no mean degree of ‘craftsmanship’ and conscious thought that finds expression in the symbolism of each painting.