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Colorado artist, Johanna Harmon grew up in Tempe, Arizona. She turned to drawing palm trees, houses, dogs, and cats, at age 7 as a companion. She continued to draw, but without any encouragement at home, she didn't know what to do with her talent, so she found a full-time job at a design and fabrication firm. In her mid-20s she discovered the Scottsdale Artists' School and began taking numerous classes. She also took workshops at the Denver Art Students League and the Fechin Art Institute in Taos. Eventually she took a job with more flexibility and moved with her husband, Steven, from Arizona to Colorado. When she turned 30 she followed her heart to become an artist full-time and set up a studio at their Colorado home that showcases the Rocky Mountains and the lights of Denver. Her style is figurative "that ranges between representational and impressionistic." Most of her subjects are females that she knows well or people she has come to know through her work. Often they are dancers, mothers with children, or young women in contemplative poses. Harmon is attracted to people of different ethnic backgrounds, for their physical attributes as well as the chance to learn about other cultures and other parts of the world. She has received the William Schneider Award of Excellence at the 2003 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition and the Best of Show prize at the 2001 Scottsdale Artists' School's Best and Brightest show. Johanna Harmon won the Plein Air Magazine Award for Excellence for her painting "Autumn Light" at the Oil Painters of America's 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition in 2005. Recently she is participating in the Art for Education Sale and Auction in Denver, sponsored by the Public Education and Business Coalition and held at the Colorado History Museum. Source

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