Johnnie Winona Ross recieved his BFA from Washington Univerisity and his MFA from the University of Illinois in 1973. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Greenburger Collection in New York, NY. He grounds his luminous minimalist paintings in his inspiration drawn from the desert of the American Southwest, and borrows techniques from ancient Native American sources, burnishing pigment and minerals with a potterʼs stone to create a hard surface of translucent depth. This creates an effect within his meditative paintings that is reminiscent of the softening of marble steps. He melds this process with a distinctly sophisticated and utterly contemporary vision.