Kerry Johns began painting in the 1970s after training as an art teacher in Brisbane. After moving to Sydney and studying with painter John Ogburn, she went to Europe for a two-year tour of the major galleries, drawing from the old masters.

As a contemporary landscape painter, she has responded to the character of the different places she has lived. She is now a resident of Canberra working from a studio at ANCA, with a continuing connection in her work to the Eurobodalla coast. 

Johns has exhibited consistently since her first solo exhibition in 1979. In 1997 she gained City of the Arts funding for a project Blue Air Red Earth that was exhibited in Sydney, Blue Mountains and Broken Hill. In 2000 Johns shared a residency with her sister Marianne Penberthy at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. This culminated in an exhibition Homeground which later travelled to the Fremantle Arts Centre.

There followed in 2002 a solo exhibition Memories and Mountains at Penrith Regional Gallery and in 2004 and 2006, two solo shows in New York’s Ezair Gallery. 

In 2005 she participated in the Kedumba Drawing Prize from which her work was added to the Kedumba Collection and during this time exhibited regularly with Katoomba Fine Art. She moved to the Eurobodalla coast, winning the Basil Sellers Prize in 2008 and holding two solo shows with Ivy Hill Gallery over the next three years.In November 2016 she won the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA).
Recently she has exhibited with Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney, with Chapman Gallery Canberra, Form Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan and Ivy Hill Gallery.

Kerry Johns is represented by ArtSite Gallery, Sydney.