Famed SC artist selling prints to help flood victims
DENMARK, SC (WIS) - In the small town of Denmark, inside the studio that bears his name, famed artist Jim Harrison works on his latest creation.
"I'm nearly through with that. I'm going to put a few little trees in the background," he said of the vibrant painting of a small country inspired by a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. "I don't do one every two days, but that should be my goal."
Harrison's work can be found all over the world in museums, corporate offices, and even humble homes.
"I started working with a sign painter in this very room with Mr. Cornforth when I was 14 years old, and we painted Coca Cola signs," he said.
The rest is history. Inside his gallery, decades worth of paintings showing off the Coca Cola brand, coastal scenes, and rural Americana are on display, but its prints of three lesser-known paintings that Harrison hopes will fly off the shelves.
Two are beautiful landscapes of the Congaree River and its rapids. The other features the Edisto River.
"I did most of that painting right there at the Gervais Street Bridge on the, I guess, West Columbia side," Harrison said of one of the Congaree scenes. "Well, the Congaree River is quite different from the Edisto River."
They're rivers that haven't looked themselves lately after a deadly, historic flood.
"I think it's horrible, and it's very sad to see that much water in places that I'm a little familiar with up those streets having spent four years at Carolina and knowing a good bit about Columbia," said the esteemed artist. "I was very impressed with LSU and their reaction to this, Vanderbilt bringing water, and even local people here. I had some of my friends said that they were going to go buy some water and take it up there."
It's the reason Harrison says he had to give back and the reason why he'll be giving away all the money made selling these three unframed prints to the Red Cross during the month of October.
"People have reacted. I'm sure because of the effort that we're making to help others," he said.
If you'd like to help out by buying one of the three prints, you can do so on Harrison's website or at his gallery in Denmark.
The 9 x 12 inch prints are $25 each.
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