Johanna Porter | Graphic and Visual Artist

Two dreamer same dream | Johanna Porter

Two dreamer same dream | Johanna Porter

Johanna Porter

For me, art is therapy.

Of royal blood | Johanna Porter

Of royal blood | Johanna Porter

My name is Johanna Porter and my art is tagged PicturesWithin. I was born and raised in Miami, FL and I have always made drawings. Being a native South Floridian is truly a love-hate relationship. The frustrations of navigating a congested urban landscape is counterbalanced by intense moments of beauty and kinship within this constructed paradise. I approach my work in the studio as therapy- to explore social, gender, environmental and political issues through the lens of my internal microscope.

What results are visual allegories- tall tales of solitude and companionship, using a repository of organic shapes, animal symbolism and pervasive sub-tropical color. My dreams and subconscious drive the work forward in unexpected ways. Each piece starts as a drawing on paper where I can process raw emotions. I then digitize the art and begin adding layers of color and form, slowly building until the underlying drawing is like a dream that is forgotten upon waking.

My current toolkit includes my sketchbook, ink pens, an intuos tablet, iphone, laptop and the adobe creative suite. Working digitally, I can travel and work anywhere there is an electrical outlet and wifi. This gives me freedom to explore places and cultures- as I digest new experiences, my art is evolving.

Ripple | Johanna Porter

Ripple | Johanna Porter

I’m a self-taught digital artist. My first Mac Classic, purchased in 1984, was my first “laptop”. I would carry it into ad agencies and work on-site. Seeing that this gave me enormous freedom, I finally embraced my full independence as a freelance artist in 1993 and never looked back. My career includes three decades of working in the realm of graphic design and art direction. Last year I embarked on a journey back to my roots as a visual artist, creating work that is relevant to my personal growth. I am inspired by street art, immersion in nature and channeling my emotions into visual allegory.

Find out more about Johanna Porter: www.PicturesWithin.com

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