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David Harrison

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David Harrison Expressions
9140 W. Elm Ct.
Unit B
Franklin, WI 531321 US

artist bio

My dabbling in art began several years before I retired as a high school English teacher. Having been involved in stage and light design, my art took on the feel of light and shadowed images. Over my years of backpacking and mountaineering, I amassed a huge collection of Kodachrome slides that were begging for use.
These images mainly come from my mountaineering experiences in the U.S., Alaska, Canada, Peru, Bolivia, Russian Siberia, and Tajikistan as well as from my garden tours throughout the United States
My current images, often unified by a creative idea, emerge now as my current mountain expressions series. My work reflects the pulsing colors, shadows, light movement that I acquired in my stage lighting experiences and mountain photography. My images dance, continually unfold, reveal hidden nuances, and make metaphysical statements about my world. I want my colors unusual juxta-positioning not only to bathe but also to seduce the viewer - to force a reintroduction to the way the world can be understood. Using Photoshop CS5, I manipulate my camera files to achieve movement, texture, color, shadow play, and the illusion of three-dimensional depth the end result of which, I term "derivative" work. My manipulation involves extensive use of layering, filtering, isolating elements of layers, imbuing layers with depth, embossing, texturing, patterns, etc. Each layer is set to balance with previous layers until the image acquires an expression that I can live with. Many images fuse unexpected illusions and contain many layered textures and photos. This is essentially how this current series arises. When I feel that one or more of the themed images have the desired effect, it is giclee printed on formulated canvas using an Epson 7600 printer that employs Ultra Chrome inks. Any framed image is produced in an edition of ONE of that size. All painted oak framing is produced in my workshop.

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