Many of my paintings are nostalgic, images from the past. I like steam locomotives, fishing boats and sailing vessels. They all had a huge influence on me in my youth. I have a special attraction to old wooden boats - seiners, trollers and tugs. They are works of art in their own right and represent a culture and skills that are long lost with the passage of time and technology. Like the native totem poles they won't have historical significance until they have rotted away on the beach.
My paintings are both watercolour and acrylic. I've learned along the way, developing my own style by trial and error. For my historical paintings I use old photographs as a source of information, however the final product is my visualization of times past.
I paint for myself and as the nature of my work is so solitary, showing and sharing my work gives me great pleasure.
I am fortunate to live on the waterfront of Gabriola Island - a special place as it inspires creativity.
The Art of Doug Harrison combines his love of history with the keen eye of a painter - bringing the past back to life beautifully.
The video below highlights the focus of Doug's works. The event mentionned was held Feb 2015.