Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Harrie Handler has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Harrie is an award-winning artist based in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Harrie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 23rd Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
Harrie’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Harrie’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Harrie still resides in Tucson, Arizona where she was born. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona and concluded her UA education with the “Outstanding Student in Fine Arts” recognition upon graduation. During her university years, she studied with master photographers Jack Welpott, Todd Walker, and Jerry Uelsmann and was inspired by their work. Her volunteer work at the UA Center for Creative Photography allowed her to meet Ansel Adams.
After graduation, Harrie taught high school/middle school photography for twenty-eight years. She also taught at night for Pima Community College. After retirement, she was contracted to lead two commercial interior design projects, and was able to concentrate on her painting which is now her preferred art form.
While her original emphasis was oil painting, she currently paints mostly in acrylic. In her abstract painting, she is inspired daily by the shapes and forms, textures, shadows and color seen in water, clouds, rust, shadows, peeling paint and ordinary objects. In her paintings, she lures the viewer to enter into the canvas becoming part of it, experience calmness with movement, peacefulness with spaciousness and tranquility with optimism.
She has had many solo shows and continues to win international awards for her paintings. She recently had an art exhibit at Tucson Airport and has been a featured in International Art Review magazines. No matter the form - painting, photography, interior design, or edible chocolate works - Harrie’s creative abilities and attention to detail offers viewers truly beautiful art.
Water has always fascinated me. I love to admire the reflected and refracted shapes above and below the surface as well as its translucency. Trees have also been a recurring theme in my paintings and photographs. Textures were added with molding pastes and gels, discarded objects, natural stones, broken jewelry, collage, silica gel pellets and sometimes silver, copper, or gold leafing. I believe many of these objects symbolize items man pollutes the earth with. In this regard, I was showing that art can also serve a purpose beyond being an object of beauty. It can address environmental issues, conservation, sustainability and preservation. On the other hand, art can renew our connection with nature and let us enjoy its amazing beauty.
Harrie’s website is www.artbyharrie.com.
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