began his artistic journey the moment he could hold a pencil.
Growing up in Colorado and eventually moving to southern CA,
Harrison was always immersed in nature. This time spent in the
mountains, deserts and coastlines of western America is where
his love of capturing our world through art began.
Highly inspired by 19th century naturalist painters, Harrison
has excelled at both figurative and landscape painting. Following
formal training at the Los Angels Academy of Figurative Art,
Harrison continued his art education through workshops, seminars
and classes with several accomplished artists including Jeremy
Lipking, Sean Cheetham and Morgan Weistling.
is a reflection of classical techniques and contemporary realism.
He has achieved the ability to create paintings that are visually
stimulating and in addition convey narratives in a timeless manner.
He has been featured in Southwest Art magazine as one of their
highly regarded "21 under 31" as well as having work
published in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and
several collective art books and videos.
Derek has worn
two first place honors, two years in
a row, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's annual
exhibition, "Artists of Distinction
His works are
held in many private and corporate collections including musician
Richie Sambora, Disney, Sue Kroll, president of Warner Bros.worldwide
marketing and many others. He currently works and resides in
Santa Barbara, CA. Harrison is a member of the Portrait Society
of America, Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.
"It is truly
an honor and a pleasure to create works that exist within the
universal language of art. A language that knows no boundaries
for all to enjoy."