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Growing up in the artificial urban paradise of Miami FL, I felt very detached from nature.  A longing to experience wild places was a deep desire most of my adult life. In 2019 that became my reality when I relocated to the Pacific Northwest. During the covid years I found solace and freedom to breath during escapes into nature. My artwork evolved to reflect spiritual experiences discovered in the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains. The roar of a waterfall, the sway of towering evergreens in the wind and miniature chaos found on decomposing nurse logs became imprinted upon my subconscious and then translated into subtle layers of meaning. As I reflect upon the transitory nature of life my emotional state drives my artistic journey forward.


My current work is public art and analog and digital mixed-media assemblage inspired by natural cycles of creation and destruction. Recycled, salvaged and found objects that are no longer deemed useful to their owners are disassembled and re-born as artworks. I reclaim these discards and enter a process where they are re-paired in the present tense as objects of joy and contemplation.The process of hand-sewing with a needle connects me with the objects’ previous owners and a long legacy of human ancestors who understood that nature never wastes anything. My world-view is one that respects organic processes, intuition and collaboration, celebration of diversity and holistic connections. My artwork holds a mirror to those values.


Born and raised in Miami, FL, Johanna Porter is a self-taught digital artist. Her career includes three decades working as a graphic artist, illustrator and art director. In 2019 she moved her studio, PICTURESWITHIN, from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. She now creates art that is inspired by the cycles of nature. Her digital and mixed-media assemblages have been exhibited nationally in group shows and published in contemporary art journals. Johanna has received public art commissions for temporary installations, including animated short film collaborations, in Washington state and Arizona. In 2023 Johanna Porter was added to the 2023-2025 ArtsWA Public Artist Roster.





City of Fife Public Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Fife WA 


Together Center, public art for social services community center, Redmond WA


City of Renton Municipal Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Renton WA

Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Assoc., digital public art mural, Pump House Pilot Program, Fountain Hills, AZ



City of Redmond, Arts and Culture, public art commission for animated short film,  Redmond WA


City of Redmond, Arts and Culture, public art commission for animated short film, Redmond WA

City of Kent Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Kent WA



City of Issaquah Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Issaquah WA




Amazon Summer Activation Stair Murals with Urban ArtWorks team, Seattle WA

Duvall Sandblast Sand Sculpture Activation with Duvall Foundation for the Arts, Duvall WA

Kirkland Urban Pride Activation Stair Mural with Urban ArtWorks team, Google campus, Kirkland WA


“The Building Blocks of Community”, Seattle Design Festival, Center on Contemporary Art installation collaborator, 

South Lake Union Park, Seattle WA

“The Language of Flowers”, Duvall Days Festival temporary public art installation , Duvall WA



2024-2026 City of Seattle Public Art Artist Roster, Seattle WA

City of Kent Public Art Panelist for selection of pubic art awards, Kent WA 


2023-2025 ArtsWA Public Artist Roster, Washington state


Kent 2024 Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award, awarded by City of Kent Cultural Programs, Kent WA 



Artists Up! Mentorship Scholarship, awarded by 4Culture/Seattle Office of Arts & Culture/ArtsWA 

IPPY Silver Award for self-published poetry and art book “TNTRK”,  Independent Publisher Book Awards 



Public Art Intensive Eastside Cohort, selected by the City of Redmond Arts and Culture Commission



Roslyn Art Festival: Memories, Second Place Award



"Transitory Nature", Thomas Architecture Studios, Olympia WA



“Northwest Folklife Gallery Walk”, curated art exhibit for NW Folklife Festival, Seattle Center, Seattle WA


“Art as Healing”, screening of animated short film “The Light of Things”, Bothell City Hall, Bothell WA


“Threshold of Wonder”, curated group exhibit, Artma pop-up exhibition, Marketplace at Factoria, Factoria WA 


“Two-Artist Exhibition”, invitational two-person exhibit, Art Gallery at Lynwood City Hall, Lynwood WA 



“Annual Members' Spring Exhibition”, regional online group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA 


“Summer Exhibition”,  curated two-person exhibition, DaneStyles Hair Artistry, Snohomish WA


“2023 Kent Summer Art Exhibit”, regional juried group exhibit, Centennial Center Gallery, Kent WA


“Artful Stories & Community Narratives”, curated group exhibit, Sammamish City Hall Commons Gallery, Sammamish WA


“City of Bothell 2023-2024 Gallery Roster”, curated group exhibit, animated short film “The Light of Things”, Bothell WA 


“The World That I Want”, international online group exhibit,, Italy


"For the Voices of Women", curated group exhibit, Studio 103, Seattle WA


"Pluralism", curated members' group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA


“Calm, Centered, Awake”, curated time-based art group exhibit, Sanctuary Studios, Seattle WA


“FIFTY: An Alumni Exhibition”, invitational group exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL

"Annual Members Exhibit", regional group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA


“Art of the Garden”, regional group exhibit, Schack Art Center, Everett WA


"Kent Summer Art Exhibition", regional juried group exhibit, Centennial  Center Gallery,  Kent WA

"The Art of Water", curated online group exhibit,



“Creative and Resilient”, national juried group exhibit, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles WA


"Marking Lives Covid-19", international online memorial art group exhibit,

“ 2021 Virtual Juried Art Exhibit”, regional online juried group exhibit, Shoreline Arts Festival, Shoreline WA


"Embracing Our Differences", international group art billboard exhibit, Bayfront Park, Sarasota FL

“Windows Into the World”, international online group exhibit, Chico Art Center, Chico CA


“Artists in Their Residence”, national online group exhibit, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO


"Corona Portrait Project", national curated online group exhibit,


“Cover These Walls”, national group exhibit, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

“Memories”, national group exhibit, 2019 Roslyn Art Festival, Roslyn WA

“Combined Talents”, national group exhibit, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee FL


“Pinnacle National Juried Art Competition”, national group exhibit, Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee FL



“Social Code”, juried group exhibit, Delray Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach FL




Jolt- the journal of Olympia, Tumwater & Lacey, February 4, 2023,9185


Defunkt- art and literature magazine- cover artist, volume 10



Subjectiv- art and literature journal, November 2021


Peripheral Arteries Contemporary Art Review- Biennial, Summer/volume 50


Art Ascent, Silver Artist, “Beauty” edition



Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, University of North Florida



Associate of Arts, Fine Art, Miami-Dade College, Miami FL

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