For me, this painting is about feeling our true essence in how we are all connected to the animal kingdom and nature. It is in that experience of oneness that healing happens for ourselves and the planet. I often start my paintings without any sketch or plan. I just enjoy playing with the colors on the surface before committing to any character’s. I trust they will appear later. And they do. I discover the stories in the painting while in the process. I often paint over by creating many layers and surprising characters.
TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.5
Tools: What do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
I mainly use acrylics. I love painting on wood but have moved back to canvas on larger pieces because of the weight and shipping cost of the wood. Lately I have been exploring charcoal, collage, gold leaf and working on paper. Love trying new materials.
Indulgence: Do you cook? What is your favorite food indulgence? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
I have to admit food is a area of my life that I could be more creative in. I often eat in a hurry or totally forget to eat while I am painting. The ideal food situation would be having a handsome man delivering me great healthy lunches while I work and I would never have to think what to eat next.
Outi Harma is originally from Lapland, Finland. Over 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. Colors are bold and vibrant. Her main character appears to be a archetypal, mythological female who often illuminates soulful, spiritual power along with a earthly whimsicality. Her paintings can take you from the beautiful, playful childlike realm to the spiritual and physiological depths where your soul expands.
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