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Curtis Harrist

Curtis Harrist

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    The famous artist Edgar Payne said in his writings “The most important ally in the study of painting is the art of thinking……..individuality in thought is, without a doubt, the greatest single factor in creative work.” I believe this is why you will never find any two artist’s work the same. It is exciting when I start a new piece of work knowing that I am composing something that has never existed until now. It is creativity that keeps the artist motivated.
  • Resume

    Born in Shreveport, I grew up near my grandparent’s farm near Blanchard. I was an adventurous boy that enjoyed the outdoors and loved the landscape of trees, ponds and cornfields. I sketched most anything in my surroundings including structures, cars and anything that was mechanical.
    I studied engineering design at Northwestern State University, which included mechanical and perspective drawing. I became interested in painting with watercolors because of its fresh and spontaneous appearance. Watercolor media is an endless challenge.
    I am self-taught; along with art courses at the Colorado Art Institute in Denver and workshops under accomplished watercolorist Bill Brogan and Holmes Ed Jones. My professional background in industrial design goes hand in hand with creative detail paintings.
    My family and I moved to Colorado where my passion for the Colorado outdoors and historic mountain towns became the inspiration for many detailed realistic paintings. I also enjoy painting marine subjects such as shrimp and fishing boats along the Texas Gulf Coast.
    My work has been shown and sold at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Texas, Arts at Sliver Plume and Georgetown Galleries in Colorado. I am a member of the AWS and have entered juried shows with the annual American Watercolor Society and the National Art for the Parks.

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