Neil often uses layering, fragmentation, and multiplicity to explore time, memory, and place - inspired by and reacting to developments in the study of time, visual cognition, geographic mapping, music improvisation, graphic design and pop culture.
Also, Johnston works as a community arts advocate, and enjoys participating in and facilitating creative process dialog. He is a tenured art department faculty member at Century College in White Bear Lake, and has served the White Bear Center for the Arts for many years as a board member, and as an emeritus director.
Neil’s work has been collected and commissioned by private individuals and corporations. His work can be seen in the corporate collections of Medtronic Inc., Hines International, and at Century College, in White Bear Lake, MN.