DM.Johnson: overall creative junkie, digital designer, artist, writer, educator ~ also known as Mrs. Padilly.*

Welcome to my Blog and Professional Portfolio:

DM Johnson Mrs Padilly

My life as DM.Johnson and Mrs. Padilly intertwine together, past and present, combining my worlds of design, travel, and storytelling through the pen and lens of Mrs. Padilly.

As a visual designer-artist-writer (studioDMJ), I create graphic media for print/web, plus written content for select clients and my own online productions including MrsPadillysTravels.com, a Glampy Campy Artsy-Craftsy Outdoor Lifestyle and Travel blog for Living Life in the Outdoors ~ Texas Style.

I’m also an educator, with over 20 years experience in higher education (retired 2011), with 16 of those years teaching in the field of visual communications, including positions as Technology Chair (3 yrs.) and Lead Faculty (8 yrs.).

If asked about my teaching career, and the work I now do as a freelance designer, I’d say:

“It would be an understatement to say that I have witnessed changes in my field that were hard to imagine at the start of my career, and I feel blessed to be part of an industry that includes so much excitement, change and vision!”


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studioDMJ serves as the hub for my design, art, blogs, writings and other on-line interests.

My portfolio is included in this website, which you can access by clicking here or the Portfolio link in the menu bar.

For a more detailed account of my professional background, please visit my site on LinkedIn.


Mrs. Padilly's Travels
Mrs. Padilly

When I launched studioDMJ back in 2011, I took on the pen name Mrs. Padilly* for my blogging and writing interests.

As Mrs. Padilly, I have built an identity as a glampy, campy, artsy-craftsy outdoor lifestyle and travel blogger, including my very popular makeover series on my Casita Travel Trailer.

You can discover more about the world of Mrs. Padilly at MrsPadillysTravels.com.


As an aspiring Indie children’s book author, I have several projects in the works, including two books:

  • Mrs. Padilly’s Garden: A modern fantasy book, where I am literally bringing to life the settings and characters with a physical garden. This “junk” garden will be the source of inspiration and illustrations for this children’s book, and I am especially excited to share this creation process with you.  You can follow along this garden’s creation on my Facebook page Mrs. Padilly, by subscribing to this website, or by subscribing to MrsPadillysTravels.com.
  • Another book I am working on is set in Chicago in the 1960’s. This historical fiction book is about the life of a girl in community that no longer exists. A story inspired from a street and community where I once lived, scraped from the earth in the name of progress. My goal for this book is to preserve the history, charm and people of this community that once was.
  • For a listing of my current published works, please visiting my portfolio link above, Published Works.

I thank you for taking the time to visit my About page.

Happy trails!

Mrs. Padilly

*Mrs. Padilly and the Texas Padilly logo is a trademark of the company, Mrs. Padilly, a division of studioDMJ.