Growing up in an insular, tight-knit community of family and friends in South Carolina, Harrison was always drawn toward what existed beyond the bounds of the life he knew. “I’ve always wanted to go beyond my boundaries, to move far away from my upbringing and stretch myself to see what I was capable of,” he says. After leaving, he felt an uneasiness in the unknown of his future. He draws from this feeling in his painting practice, infusing his work with a surreal sense of restlessness.
Speaking about the future, as he prepares to move back to his home in the South, Harrison says: “I feel like I’m at a crossroads with my life. I’m in the midst of moving out of New York. I’m in need of a shift and I’m wondering what the change of scenery when I go back to the South will do to my work. I’ll have more time with my family and these landscapes I grew up with. It will be fun to get into plein-air painting and maybe go back to my grandpa’s farm. I feel like I have been painting from a distance and I’m ready to bring it back to center.”
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