2015 Western Exhibition in Steamboad Springs, Colorado

Juror of Awards Johanna Harmon OPA

We are pleased to announce and welcome Johanna Harmon OPA as our 2015 Western Exhibition Juror Of Awards.


Johanna Harmon OPA

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, Scott Burdick, Mark Daily, Daniel Gerhartz OPAM, Quang Ho OPAM and C.W. Mundy OPAM. Following her most recent 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.

Her work has been exhibited with the Art Renewal Center, The Artist's Magazine, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Oil Painters of America's (OPA) National Juried Exhibition, Portrait Society of America, and Scottsdale Artists' School. She has received numerous prestigious awards throughout the years.

Most recently she was honored with the OPA Signature Member designation, and acceptance into the 2013 Oil Painters of America'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.

Over the past decade, her work has been presented in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions, and is collected internationally. Her work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe.

Harmon 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 Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband of 18 years, Steven.

Website: johannaharmon.com