Harmon Studios


Jonathan Harmon was raised in the Artists' community of Taos, New Mexico in the 1960's. He is the son of Barbara and Cliff Harmon, who were among the founders of the contemporary art movement in Taos and northern New Mexico. His childhood was spent in the homes of the earlier generations of Taos artists, the Taos Founders, such as neighbor Leon Gaspard, and in the galleries and homes of his parent's contemporaries. Throughout his teenage years he was intimately involved in the production of numerous books and printed images from his parent's studios and gallery. He was the photographer for both his high school newspaper and yearbook.

After high school in Taos, his fascination for mechanical and electrical things led him to pursue a college major in Computer Science which culminated in a Bachelor of Science degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. During his college years, he was again the photographer for the college newspaper, the Gold Pan, and the yearbook. He spent a year out of school between his sophomore and junior years working for NASA at the Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico. His duties there as an electronic technician, solar observer, and photographer led to an appreciation of images from outer space. He has been a member of The Planetary Society since its early years in the 1980's.

His subsequent professional career in the field of computers has provided a background into things digital. During these years he and his family have lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tigard, Oregon, near Portland, Manhattan Beach, California, a beach community suburb of Los Angeles, and in Scottsdale, Arizona. He leveraged business travel to take advantage of opportunities to visit many art museums in places from Juneau, Alaska to San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Boston. Family vacations led to London, Amsterdam and Paris. He has developed an extensive library of reference photographs, particularly of aerial views, classical sculpture and architecture. His artistic pursuits have taken the form of many different media, from painting to prints and photography, sculpture and jewelry. Formal education in these fields has come in the form of such things as an arc welding class at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, jewelry classes at the Manhattan Beach California South Bay Adult School, a bronze casting class at El Camino Community College in Torrance, California, a seminar series at Overland Press in Hawthorne, California, and various jewelry classes through the Bell Group (Rio Grande) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The artist's recent creative inclinations are centered around images of Space, Landscapes, and Abstract Forms. Currently being exhibited at On The Edge Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ is his Elemental Series of geometric ink fantasies, as well as fanciful sculptures in bronze and resin.