I paint for the same reason that I first began to like drawing. In Mrs. Burney’s third grade class at David Fairchild Elementary School, I drew hundreds of airplanes. While I drew, I could feel the thrill of flying in them and soaring above the ground. When I stopped drawing, the feeling was no longer there.
Today I often paint scenes that relate to the sea. I grew up near the ocean, and have spent many days and hours on the water. I have fallen in love with inner tubes, wooden rafts, surfboards, PT boats and sailboats. I live in North Carolina, a place of abundant natural beauty and history. All of this has influenced my painting.
I paint in oil. I like the thick texture of oil paint and what it can achieve. I like the smell of linseed oil. My painting style has been described as Energetic Realism. I enjoy the discovery and experience of expressive brushwork and saturated colors. I am continuously on the look out for interesting subjects and compositions that are appealing.
Robert’s website: www.robertgharrison.com