Jolie Harris is an expressionist process painter exploring chance patterns and visual events discovered in the natural world. Harris studied at the California College of Design, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art School.

She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at commercial, nonprofit, university, and alternative spaces throughout the United States. She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and Delray Beach, Florida.


About the artWork

My work is about the exploration of the evocative emotional power of random patterns and visual events in nature. Feeling straight from the heart is squeezed through the tube and brushstroked onto the canvas.  Built layer on layer, the works draw the viewer into intricate, richly textured and expressive surfaces executed with such materials as hand-painted papers, acrylic paints and gels, and modeling paste which are carved and incised using tools and brushes. An avowed colorist, I draw in paint, vibrant or subdued, to create visceral and lyrical all-over compositions comprised of organic and biomorphic shapes. My paintings are best approached not in a search for their intended meaning, but with openness to the emotions they can stir.




Embraer Jet Center, Melbourne, FL, 2018-19

Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL May 2018

Artexpo New York, New York, NY April 2018


Spectrum Miami, Miami, FL, December 2017 

Caza Sikes Gallery, Grand Opening Show, Cincinnati, OH, September 2017

Artblend Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, September 2017

Artexpo New York, New York, NY April 2017


C-Link Gallery, Group Show, November 2016

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, August 2016

Spectrum Miami, Art Miami Art Fair, December 2016

Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL, 4 person show, November 2016

Art Comes Alive, Gallery Award, July 2016

Carnegie Arts Center, Covington KY, "Formal Function: Strategies of Abstraction," May 2016

Clifton Cultural Art Center, Annual Golden Ticket Show,  2011 - 2016


Homearama Design House, Summer 2014

Cincinnati Opera, Garrett Gallery, solo show, Spring 2014

UC Medical Center, Paintings in Residence, 2013-2014

Gravity’s Daughters, Group Exhibition, Female Abstract Paintings, Woodburn Art District, Fall 2014

Art Comes Alive, Gallery Award, July 2014


Passages Gallery, “Season’s Change:  A Perspective in Time,” October 2013

Constella Festival, Cincinnati, OH, “Function/Disfunction,”  October 2013

YWCA Women's Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2 person show, Feb 2 - Apr 4 2013


Visionaries & Voices, "Double Vision III," Group Exhibition, April 21, 2012

Miami University VOA Center, Group Exhibition, Nov 2011 - Feb 2012


ArtWorks, Masterworks Show, Group Exhibition. September 2011

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2 person show, May 2011


Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH "Hot, Hot, Hot Show", March 2010


Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Holiday Show, November 2009

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Solo Exhibition, June 2009


Art Comes Alive, Art Design Consultants, April 2007


Focus Gallery, Cincinnati OH, 2 person show, October 2005


Manifest Studio, Figurative Drawing, 2011, 2012

Boca Raton Museum of Art School, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Acrylic Study, Cincinnati, Merle Rosen, 2008

Powder Factory, Cincinnati, Greg Storer, 2007, 2008

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Oil Painting,  2005

Art in Provence, Deullifit, France  April 2002

California College of Design, Newport Beach, CA  1988, 1989