HARRIS Biography

Greg Harris was born in California in 1953.  He showed an early interest in drawing and from the age of five was instructed by his mother, who was a professional artist.  A number of trophies and awards were won while in high school, and after graduating he continued to win first prizes in art competitions in Southern California.  As a freelance artist, Harris completed many art projects for the motion picture studios including Columbia Pictures' purchase of eleven paintings for the film "Annie".  Harris continued his studies at the Art Students League in New York City, and in 1985 he returned to California.

Greg Harris is an extremely versatile performer in many media including oil, pastel, watercolor, sculpting in bronze and ceramic pottery.  He has been most influenced by the Boston school painters; Sargent, Benson and Tarbell and greatly inspired by the Europeans; Andres Zorn and Claude Monet.  Though his subject matter was varied in the past because of his studio work, he is now most comfortable and at his best painting beautiful and sensitive women in period settings.  His immensely decorative paintings, sun-drenched in shimmering light and brilliant color, are a celebration of the good things life offers.  His works have been collected widely and his paintings are in the permanent collections of regional museums including the Zigler Museum, Louisiana and the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Missouri.  Recent collectors are country singer George Strait and actress Donna Mills.