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.



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