“I Paint images primarily in acrylics, powders, watercolors, pencils and collage. Working with this unique palette offers quick drying times, enabling me to overlay color in one painting session, giving the work its tapestry-like background. I often incorporate found objects into my paintings, such as coins from around the world, a variety of specialty papers and interesting treasures I find on the street. Even my nearly discarded paintings are given new life and recycled into works of art, thus creating texture and dimension.
As for my training, I am self-taught and merely a vessel being utilized to instinctively create narrative, sentiment and observation. Why I’ve been chosen, I know not, nonetheless, I am humbled by this gift.
The Visions that you see before you are the result of internal communication that require expressions of acceptance, pride, adoration and dignity. In creating these images I have come to appreciate that artists have been granted diverse narratives, meaning all art is significant. Art expresses itself and when it moves the heart and awakens the spirit, it makes no distinction as to its originator”.
April Harrison’s sweetly sentimental and powerfully emotive mixed media work reveals a sophistication and agility that are at odds with her experience and years in art. A self-taught artist who only began painting in 1991 after her mother’s death, Harrison has achieved a great measure of success and acclaim in those relatively short years. She acknowledges her natural talent as a gift that was bestowed on her.
The artist has had a number of exhibitions that include Artisan Center, Chesnee, SC; The Spartanburg Museum of Art, SC; Greenville County Museum of Art, SC; Pickens County Museum of Art, SC; Native Tongue Gallery, SC; Erskine University Museum, SC, and the International Art Expo, NY. Media exposure includes PBS-TV and South Carolina’s News4 Featured Artist Spotlight. She also enjoys a significant publishing and distribution contract with a major national art publisher for a line of best-selling fine art reproductions.
A daughter of the South, Harrison lives and works in Greenville, SC.