Johanna paints portraits. Portraits of an astonishing beauty and grace. So much so that I fell in love with her works immediately.
“To paint is to honor who I am, one brushstroke at a time – Johanna Harmon”
Well, it may be that in part that was due to some resemblance to Jeremey Lipking’s work. They leave me with the same uneasy feeling, the same hazy bliss that was always the effect of Jeremy’s paintings. I think I have the cause of that figured out. It must the antinomy of the delicate, timid female figures leaning against the rugged backgrounds in both their portraits.
Johanna Harmon was born in 1968 in Wisconsin and studied fine art in Denver. She has received several awards of which I need to mention Portrait Society of America 2009 – Certificate of Excellence for “Noelle” and Oil Painters of America – National Award of Excellence for “Vintage Dreams”. I found a photo of this one on her site, interestingly, shot while in progress.
“Faces fascinate me. I am especially drawn to the qualities that make an individual unique–the kind of beauty that you cannot invent. In particular, I look for nurturing personalities. Once I’m captivated by how a person carries themselves or how a child gestures, I am driven to meet the challenge of not only capturing a likeness on canvas but more importantly, breathing life into that likeness.”
Here are some more of her works.
You should also visit her website, you will find quite a lot of information there.