My name is Johanna Porter–my art is tagged with my studio name: PicturesWithin. My inspiration is linked to experiences had during immersion in nature and meditation.
My artwork is mixed-media digital assemblage. The process mimics the pattern of birth and decay unfolding all around us. My art originates as photos and drawings where I process raw emotion. These are physically cut apart and the abstracted, organic elements are recombined in paper collage format, born as new realities. The cycle continues as these assemblages are then digitized, manipulated, printed, cut apart and re-imagined as continuations of previous works.
My intention is to evoke the interconnectedness among all living things. When I create my artwork I feel the same joy found while out in nature, observing the delicate balance between chaos and creation.
Johanna Porter was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of North Florida and an Associate of Arts with a major in Fine Arts from Miami-Dade Community College. She is a self-taught digital artist. Her first Mac Classic computer, purchased in 1984, was her first “laptop”. She would carry it into ad agencies and work on-site. Her career includes over three decades of working in the realm of graphic design and art direction. Her skills include corporate branding, logo design, illustration, publication design, direct marketing design, event promotion graphics, web design, advertising design, product design and packaging, and art direction for photo shoots and illustrators.
In 2019 she moved her studio from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. All her artwork is tagged with her studio name: PicturesWithin. At that time Johanna returned to her roots as a visual artist, creating work that is more relevant to her personal growth. In the past three years she has been awarded three public art commissions in the state of Washington and her work has been shown in galleries, museums and at outdoor exhibitions. In 2021, Johanna was selected by the City of Redmond to participate in the Public Art Eastside Cohort.