Harms received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and continued his studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Inspired by the beauty of eastern Long Island, Harms explores the relationship between art and nature within his work, using energetic lines and marks to create fields of color and abstracted landscapes with oil paint and watercolors. Harms has been featured in The New York Times, and is the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the National Arts Club. His work has been shown at The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY; The Fireplace Project in East Hampton, NY; Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York; and Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, OH. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guild Hall, and the Parrish Art Museum. Harms lives and works on Long Island.