The strongest influence on my work continues to be my father the Artist Ronald Jack Harrison (BSC DRTC .BA Honours). His influence continues to be strong. He always provided me with a truthful and considered criticism of my work even if brutal at times!He was an engineer and had a logical and systematic approach to his work, producing wonderful representative oil pieces and finally crafted wood carvings. Although our work is different his encouragement and his persistent interest did and will  continue to be a major influence on my work.



Oil Paintings by Ron Harrison


Large Scale Drawing Brief


Preparing for this brief I had reflected on the previous mark making exercises and the visit to Yorkshire. My work is instinctive and although there is a narrative in my mind the process carries me. The journey for this drawing had taken me through the shadows in the Yorkshire woods and the grey tones of the skies at dusk.

I also brought to the drawing the composition of the smaller pieces to provide balance. It was my intention that the left of the drawing was denser and with more substance and form; and to fade and disappear into the fine detailed marks towards the right of the drawing. Creating images of lichen and tree bark fading as your eye moves to the right.

During the drawing I was tempted to draw in a representational style as I needed to sense that the drawing was complete .I consciously didn’t draw in what could be described as a comfortable method for me. An example of this tension – to the left of the drawing there are stark sharp white marks the desire to complete as black was strong – I didn’t do it!

I used oil bars, acrylic, chalk, charcoal, gesso, drawing ink, fine pens and Fabriano paper, all of which involved rubbing , scratching and distorting as the drawing emerged allowing my instinct to direct the marks.

The tension was not having access to colour, very different for me to think and work without colour however I enjoyed the difference , allowing the medium to inform and direct the mark making , well served by being able to use my arms fully with long sweeping movements.

Editing and selecting and enhancing the marks was continual. It was difficult to know when to stop and step away. Leaving the drawing for a while was helpful as I wanted the marks to disappear, fade and then emerge as detailed pattern.


I went on to scalpel the drawing. Continuing the theme I cut the drawing into long lengths and placed them in my garden amongst the trees and I will record the eventual impact that the wind, rain and snow will have on the drawing. I wanted to pursue the theme of trees and the destruction caused by the overuse of paper.