About Me –
I initially trained as painter in the early 80’s at Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, under the tutelage of Professor David Hill, the JMW Turner expert.
In the early 90’s I spent a year in Hiroshima, Japan, studying the exacting art of Japanese brush painting. My paintings combine an interest in anatomy and movement, freedom and form.
I am a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique which along with my art practice form the main core of my life.
Mainly working in oil paint, I am interested in an expressive and bold use of paint to portray movement, energy and passion
Currently I am working on the theme of horses based on a series of black and white drawings called ‘If Wishes Were Horses’ that are available as prints at www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk
If Wishes Were Horses – black and white drawing and Oil on Canvas, 100 x 150 cm
I love to combine the exactitudes of drawing with the freedom and flow of paint, mixing abstract and figurative techniques.
About twenty years ago, I met a painter and shaman, in Zimbabwe. The boss at the Rhino Reserve I was helping out at, Imire, showed him the sketches I was doing of the animals. He gave me two pieces of advice that transformed me literally overnight from a hesitant artist to a selling artist.
The advice was this – finish every artwork you start, even if it is not your best painting or drawing – finish it, resolve the problem you have set yourself, because you will learn something and it will take you forward. Commit to each painting. That is a commitment to your life!
The second was the life is in the eyes, I was painting African wildlife. Get the eyes right and you can do anything with the paint.
Painting African animals and horses has for many years the perfect vehicle for combining abstract expressionism with fine art techniques. I love being meticulous and accurate, but also being free with paint, splashing it about, allowing the unexpected to happen.
Recently I explored painting the sea and the sky – the formless and transient.
The sea as a metaphor has everything, a life times possibility for painting – life, death passion, healing, energy, adventure, sexuality, connection, boundaries, the body, flow, creativity, time, the mysterious, depth ….
My interest in capturing movement, using the flow of paint to express flow in an image links to my work as an Alexander Technique teacher which is also about freedom in body movement and thought. I have studied and taught the Alexander Technique for 30 years and am a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT), qualifying as a teacher in 1995 under the tuition of the late Don Burton.
I have been writing blogs on both art and Alexander Technique and am increasing interested in helping others find their creative flow, whichever form it takes.
This has also resulted in writing a free 8 day foundation creativity e-course, Let Go Make Art (Any Body Can Paint) available on this website.
I am currently creating a body of work on the theme of trees for an exhibition in 2022 called The Flourish. I will be blogging about the process and am working with a local orchard group to help replant a historic orchard alongside the exhibition.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope you enjoy my artwork and writing.