Johanna Porter was born and raised in Miami, FL. She started college as a fine art major and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from University of North Florida in 1985. She is a self-taught digital artist. Her first Macintosh computer, purchased in 1984, was what she calls her first “laptop.” Porter would carry it into ad agencies and work on-site. Seeing that this gave her enormous freedom, she became a freelance artist in 1993 and never looked back.
Her career spans three decades of working in the realm of graphic design and art direction. Over the past four years, Johanna embarked on a journey back to her roots as a visual artist, creating work that is more relevant to her personal growth. She is inspired by dreams, immersion in nature and channeling emotions into visual allegory. In 2019, she moved her studio from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. All her artwork is tagged with her studio name: PICTURESWITHIN.