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
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
In 2015, Harmon was North River Arts Society's Curator and Juror for their Focus On
Figures exhibition, and Juror Of Awards for Oil Painters of America's Western Regional
Juried Exhibition.
She has taught workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, North River Arts Society
in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, The Coppini Academy of Art in San Antonio,
Texas, and The Art Student’s League of Denver in Colorado. Her emphasis is on the
clarification of visual intention, while nurturing the overall painted subject. This pivotal
understanding defines her work today. She credits Cecilia Beaux, Nicolai Fechin, John
Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Abbott Handerson Thayer and Anders Zorn as inspiration.
Johanna now resides in beautiful Colorado, with her husband of 19 years, Steven