Frances Ynez Johnston was an American painter, sculptor, printmaker and educator. Her artwork is modernist and abstract with a narrative of imaginative lands or creatures, and often featuring collage. She attended University of California, Berkeley to study with Worth Ryder and received her bachelor of fine arts in 1941 and her masters of fine arts in 1947. Between 1940–1943, Johnston lived in Mexico after receiving a grant from UC Berkeley, this cultivated an appreciation for travel throughout her life. In 1960 she married novelist and poet, John Berry. In the years following she produced prints through Tamarind Lithography Workshop.