Johanna Harmon

Johanna Harmon

Johanna Harmon was born in 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but spent most of her childhood in Tempe, Arizona. Johanna began designing and recording visual observations at the age of seven, but it wasn’t until almost two decades later that she was introduced to the traditional language of art at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, the Fechin Art Institute in Taos, New Mexico, and the Art Students League of Denver in Colorado. There, she studied painting alongside prominent figure artists with varied artistic philosophies and approaches such as Carolyn Anderson, John Asaro, Mark Daily, Daniel Gerhartz OPAM, Quang Ho OPAM and C.W. Mundy OPAM. Following her 2014 OPA award, she expanded her understanding further by studying contemporary realism with Daniel Sprick, and abstract realism with David A. Leffel OPAM and Sherrie McGraw OPAM.
Over the past decade, her work has been presented in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions including the Portrait Society of America (PSA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), Art Renewal Center, California Art Club, and Scottsdale Artists’ School, where she received numerous prestigious awards. Most recently her painting 'Golden Orchids,' was honored with both a Certificate of Excellence at PSA's 2016 International Portrait Competition and 1st Place in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category of PSA's 2015 Members Only Competition. In 2013, Harmon received OPA Signature Member designation, and acceptance into OPA’s 22nd National Juried Exhibition where she received her second Gold Medal Award, becoming the first artist to receive two OPA National Exhibition Gold Medal Awards in the organization’s history. Her first Gold Medal was awarded in 2007.
Her work has been published in American Art Collector, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe and is collected internationally.
In 2015, Harmon was North River Arts Society's Curator and Juror for their Focus On Figures exhibit
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