About outi harma’s Soul Art
My art is surreal and character driven. It transcends the physical world with spiritual and mystical themes, and a touch of whimsicality. The main character is often a mythological female or animal. Colors are strong and vibrant. I mainly work with acrylics. I often start my painting process by mixing and playing with the paint. Layering it. Diluting and splashing it. Letting it run on the canvas, making patterns and letting it take its organic course. Images begin to appear spontaneously as I paint. Sometimes they disappear under the new layer of paint and appear again later in a slightly different form. It’s a very instinctual, primal process for me. I love being surprised by what manifests on the canvas and letting it tell me a story, instead of having a preconceived idea how the painting will look. I explore combining loose brush strokes, paint drips with small tiny details, and collage layers with paint. I receive endless insights on myself and life through the process of making art and from the images themselves. The women in my paintings often remind me go beyond everyday life and connect to that deeper soulful, archetypal place in myself that knows unlimited beauty and power.
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 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.
outi harma’s Soul Art Journey
How did you discover your creative spirit?
My move to Los Angeles in my twenties exploded and fed my senses. I was filled with sense of freedom and expansion. I instantly fell in love with this warm, multicultural city. It’s architecture, design, museums, art galleries and other endless sights that I explored brought my artistic expression to the surface.
What is most important to you as an artist?
To be as authentic as possible. To follow the flow state. To listen and express what is wanting to come trough me. To continuously expand, grow and do the work that makes me lose and discover myself at the same time.