Outi Harma is originally from Lapland, Finland. About twenty years ago her move to the warm, multicultural city of Los Angeles was the catalyst that catapulted her creative expression. Her images create exciting worlds that merge the visible and invisible. Her years of exploration in movement, dance and performance art, brings a wide variety of characters, fluidity and emotion to her paintings.
This is how she describes her painting process:
“There are two main ways that I start my paintings.
The most common method is improvisational. I start with mixing and playing with colors. Images begin to appear spontaneously as I paint. This requires that I am willing to be with the unknown without any clear direction. It can be extremely frustrating at times .But I love being surprised by what will manifest on the canvas and letting it tell me a story, instead of having a preconceive idea how to painting will look like.
Then there are times while I am in a meditative state, in movement or just sitting in stillness, and a image will come to me and keep reappearing over time until I paint it.”