"Island People ... Island Places"
Graphite Portraits & Plein Aire Landscapes by Dick Harrison
For the months of June and July, Kona Frame Shop will be showing the work of local artist Dick Harrison. From bold, colorful, free-style plein air landscapes of the Kona area, to very detailed, sensitive black and white graphite portrait studies of Polynesian women, Harrison's very different stylistic approaches to the two mediums will be on display.
Painting, drawing, and woodcarving since boyhood, Dick Harrison has been creating art for many years. His first formal art training was at the Honolulu Academy of Arts after being awarded a summer-session scholarship from his high-school on the island of Oahu. A hitch in the U.S. Navy beginning in 1960 qualified him for the G.I. Bill's educational benefits, so with this help he attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art in 1966-67 in Denver, Colorado, studying Commercial Art. While showing his work in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, Dick kept his 'day job' as a switchman and conductor on the D & RGW (Rio Grande) Railroad and retired in 2002 after 38 years of service. At that time, he returned to the islands with his wife, a native Hawaiian, to pursue more seriously a second career in fine art, and is presently working from his studio here in Kailua-Kona.
Dick Harrison is a member of the West Hawaii Plein Air Painters group and has shown some of his work at Isaac's Gallery in Kamuela, Sunny Pauoles' Gallery in Holualoa, and at Borders Bookstore, Trudy's Fine Arts, and Rumleys Art Gallery. He has also shown his work at arts events in Volcano and Hilo.