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Johnathan Harris' Artist Statement

Art is a tranquil retreat for me and saved my life, quite literally. Following a serious health scare in my 20's, I turned to my art for an escape and started painting seriously. I've always been captivated by landscapes and nature but now long treks up mountains and through forests are more meaningful to me as the beauty and serenity of the natural world aided my recovery from illness. Creating artwork is my passion, a refuge from the modern world, a time for me to reflect and express; an absolute necessity for me to feel complete.

I prefer to focus on Southwestern landscapes not only for the naturally beautiful compositions, the colors and endless inspiration but also because of the effect of seasonal changes and variations due to light.

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Growing up surrounded by the beauty and charm of nature and having many special memories of travelling around the South and Southwest United States with family and friends, it seemed natural for me to focus on nature and scenery. I also paint abstracts to experiment with palettes and patterns and I often use landscapes as the inspiration. In abstract work, I find a great sense of freedom and expression of moods.

My creative process starts with exploring different geographical areas where I take detailed photographs of interesting or visually striking scenery that leads to a great composition. The process ends in the studio where the actual sketching and painting takes place. Although experienced in mixed media and various techniques, I enjoy using acrylics on canvas mainly.

My finished artwork is bold and vibrant in statement through my use of color and I feel my strong contemporary style of painting sets my work apart from others. My unique interpretation of Southwest landscapes has allowed me to build up a strong following of collectors and good representation in galleries where my shows and artwork sales continue to be very successful. I strive to capture on canvas all the sensations and revelations I experience when I am alone in the midst of nature and thus enable viewers to enjoy my perception of the world. My striking palette of colors and signature style, together with the memorable compositions seem to leave a lasting impression on viewers and collectors alike. My artwork is represented in galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Inc.); Sedona, Arizona (Lanning Fine Art Gallery); Heber Springs, Arkansas (Bottle Tree Gallery) and Rogers, Arkansas (Julie Wait Gallery)

Johnathan Harris' Artist Biography

Johnathan Harris was born in a small town in Northwest Arkansas. Very early in his life he discovered his passion for art. After visiting New Mexico at a young age, the beauty and charm of the Southwest landscape captivated him and soon became the subject matter for his paintings. Capturing the Vibrancy of the Southwest became the driving force behind his work. He is a self-taught artist who has been painting professionally (full-time) since 2004. He earned a Marketing Degree from the University of Arkansas in 2000. He always knew he was going to be an artist, but he chose to pursue a marketing degree rather than an art degree in order to better market and promote his art. Harris moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2001 to paint and pursue his goal of being a full-time artist. He has lived in New Mexico, Colorado and currently resides in northwest Arkansas. His artwork is represented in galleries in Los Angeles, California (Chimmay Gallery); Santa Fe, New Mexico (Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Inc.); Sedona, Arizona (Lanning Fine Art Gallery) and Julie Wait Designs in Rogers, Arkansas.