“My wish is that my artwork will help
others open their hearts. I make each piece with the intention that it
will find a home where it will inspire and uplift; create peace, balance,
harmony, and happiness. Through my art, I hope to contribute to the expansion
of love and awareness on our planet.”
It was on a journey on The Camino de Santiago de Compostela,
where I understood clearly that I am an artist. Seeking clarity in my
life, I had quit my job, sold everything I owned, and traveled to France
and Spain to volunteer on organic farms. While there I hiked 350 miles
across Northern Spain along this ancient pilgrimage route. I had time
to think about my life without distractions and I realized how much I
loved art. I had been drawing since I was a child and always loved looking
at art, learning about art, and using my imagination. It gives me a feeling
of freedom when I am involved in creativity.
Upon returning from Spain,
I moved to Portland, Oregon where I started experimenting with watercolor
and acrylic paint. In 2003 I began showing my artwork in cafes and restaurants.
Within the year, I had paintings on display in several galleries in Oregon
and Northern California.
After several years of success
in the art world, I had the opportunity to take another transformative
journey. Once again, I sold everything I owned, and traveled to Peru where
I lived in a native Shipibo community near Pucallpa on the edge of the
Amazon. After this 1-year break from painting, it was time to head back
to America, where I currently live In Topanga, CA.
My landscapes reflect my experience
while traveling in Europe and South America. They express the stillness,
presence, and peacefulness that I feel within. In 2008, when I became
a father, I added small child-like houses, making my paintings light-hearted,
playful, and whimsical. They help me reconnect with my own inner-child.
My most recent body of work is a shift to painting from a deeper level
of subconscious, unspoken inspiration and I enjoy sharing this with others.
I have just
published a memoir, which is a personal narrative
of my search for Truth. I see a new world emerging from its dream of fear
and separation, and I am excited to share my discoveries with others.
I also recently created a WAKE UP!
"art car" with my 1991 Ford van. Check it out!
Book: Journal: Into
the Heart of the Amazon in search of Truth
Solo and Group Exhibitions
Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA
Artist owned and operated, 310-455-7909
Images, Austin, TX
Gallery Owners: Dennis and Deborah Labonte, 512-472-1831
Misto, Santa Monica, CA
Manager: Maxwell, 310-458-2829
2008 -Present State
Street Gallery, Madison, WI
Gallery Curators: Piper and Christina, 608-819-0304
2005 -Present DragonFire
Fine Art Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
Gallery Owners: Eeva and Mari, 503-436-1533
2004 -Present Options
Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Gallery Owner: Sue Sacks, 707-431-8861
2005 -2007 Barclay
Gallery, Sisters, OR
Gallery Owner: Sandra Mayernik, 541-549-1050
2004 -2005 Zeek
Gallery, Salem, OR
Gallery Owner: Mary Lou Zeek, 503-581-3229
and Douglass Fine Art Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
Gallery Owner: Geoff Hastings
Gallery, Portland, OR
Gallery Owner: Bill Murray, 503-775-2016
-J Minnick, Los Angeles
Ca, 6 x 6", landscape
-Thomas S., Los Angeles Ca, 30 x 40", 5 canvases, landscape
-Marcin Koz., Gdynia Poland, 2 canvases 40 x 50", 24 x 24",
-Leslie Ransom, Seattle Wa, 30 x 40", "Bringers Of Light"
-Richard Dietzel, 4 canvases, 12 x 48", landscape
-Preston Pickrell, Murfreesboro Tn, 4 canvases, landscape
-M. Middlesworth, Bellevue Wa, 24 x 36" landscape
-Katherine Lindahn, Sunnyvale Ca, dog portrait
-Cezary Zelaznicki, Warszawa, Poland, 2 canvases, 30 x 40" landscape
-Rick Lindemann, Portland Or, 7 canvases, 12 x 48", 24 x 36",
-Richard Dumani, Bucharest Romania, 48 x 48", 4 canvases, landscape
-Jennifer Pletcher, Palm Beach Fl, 24 x 24"
-Caren Batzer, West Hempstead Ny. 24 x 36", landscape
-Marissa Gandelman, Washington DC, 2 canvases 24 x 24" landscape
-Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Ca, 144 x 48", 4 canvases,
-Samantha Osburn, Portland Or, 11 x 9ft large mural, after a Monet painting
-Ronni Allsopp, Wilmington De, 24 x 48", landscape
-Gary Brentano, Portland Or, 54 x 54", zebra painting
-Cecily Becker, Portland
-Ronni Theresa Caromano,
-Mel Scott, Edmond Ok.
2010 JRHarris www.joelharrisstudio.com