Keith Harris’s inspiration is man’s effect on the landscape, particularly in industrial and urban settings. He is attracted to scenes that have a strong form, such as brilliantly lit locations in Spain. He tries to capture the inspiration with a sketch done on the spot, preferably using ink to gain immediacy and avoid the temptation of using an eraser; “mistakes” are part of the excitement and become part of the finished sketch.
In translating the inspiration into a painting Keith is guided by the need to retain the spontaneity of the original vision. If necessary he reworks the sketches done on the spot, sometimes with the help of a few reference photos, to create a finished oil painting in the studio. Increasingly the artist now works in oils directly en plein air to produce either a relatively small and finished piece there and then or a near-finished piece that he later completes in the studio.
Most of his studio paintings are on calico or fine canvas glued to MDF board using traditional rabbit-skin glue and hand made gesso.
Keith was originally educated and trained as an electrical engineer, latterly as a software engineer and spent his career as a university lecturer teaching electrical engineering and computing subjects. He studied art at adult education classes and on specialist short courses, but otherwise he is a self-taught artist.
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Tel: 01484 687339