Barb Rybolt Johnson was raised in a little town in Indiana with a sign that proclaims “the only Swayzee in the world”. The sign also describes Swayzee as the state high school record holder of 9 basketball overtimes.
The family farm of 210 acres made for an interesting place for exploring the outdoors and learning to care for the livestock. The chores were were accomplished regardless of the weather conditions. The farm experience created an appreciation for hard work, as Barb is the oldest of five children.
Johnson went to Indiana State University to obtain a degree in art education. Her love for children and art were combined. Barb’s teaching experience has included Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Teaching High School art at Christian Academy of Knoxville for 15 years made for a great experience of working with high school students.
Barb and her husband Phil, have four sons married with children. Johnson’s home art studio is her teaching area for her grandchildren and others. When not with family and friends you will find Barb painting in her studio. Johnson says painting overtime isn’t her effort to produce famous records of achievement, it just produces pure joy and fulfillment.