I’m a visual artist based in the Highlands of Scotland predominantly creating shadow box art.

I love experimenting with the interaction of texture, light, shape and imagery to build unique storytelling worlds that have depth and character.

My creative process combines elements such as hand built wooden frames, carefully cut out woodblock prints and miniature lights. 

My intention is for the audience to find their own meaning within my work but some loose, overlapping and ever-evolving themes that I’m interested in are:

Our connection with the natural world | Light + Darkness | Folklore + Magic | Time | Journeys + Mapmaking | Organic + Geometric Patterns / Symbols | Our relationship with technology.

Through the multi-stage process of making these shadow boxes, I find that my mind settles and if I’m lucky gets into a state of flow.

Somehow helping me to navigate and make more sense of our increasingly busy and somewhat distracted existence.

I often find creative inspiration from time spent in nature and journeys into the wild.

John Muir — “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

Jonny Charles Harris — growing up in Yorkshire, I spent many a weekend exploring The Dales and the Lake District. Even when trekking with ridiculously heavy canvas tents in the Scouts, I loved the sense of adventure. Establishing a deep-rooted connectedness with wild places.

After studying a masters of art in London, I keep being drawn further and further north. Currently based in Moray, Scotland near the Cairngorm mountains where I find endless inspiration from the natural world.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve mostly worked in motion design and art direction across music, broadcast, film and digital installations (see jonnyharris.design). Honing my visual eye and being lucky enough to win some awards along the way. Highlights include designing the opening title sequence for much loved BBC drama series Shetland and Oscar nominated documentary Virunga.

During the last couple of years, I’ve been quietly working away in my studio late into the evenings. Slowly building an arts practice alongside my daytime design work. I’ve started to share this art wider in the summer of 2023.

Environment —  as an artist I try and keep my environmental footprint as small as possible. Using non-toxic paint and wood glue as well as sourcing paper from ethical suppliers. It’s a continuous process and I’m always looking for ways to further reduce my impact and waste. My current focus is to try and source wood more locally.

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A big thanks to Northport for the portrait photography.

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