We are thrilled to continue with our series of interviews by our www.Flootie.com artist Ginny Brennan. See her interview from artist Chuck Harmon.
Ginny Brennan – Tell me a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art?
Chuck Harmon – As a high school student I began to sing and while at Whitworth College I was in the choir and at this time I wanted to be more informed on all of the Arts. During the 1960s I was residing in San Francisco during the Hippie Heyday and was fascinated with all of the artistic talent on Concert Posters that were all around the city. I spent many hours visiting museum and galleries. In 1996, I married Alice, my wife, who is a very talented artist in her own right. Alice introduced me to oils, which was my first medium.
Ginny Brennan – How have you trained as an artist and what is your preferred medium and why?
Chuck Harmon – I started out experimenting on my own with oils and in 2009. I studied many of the books on painting with oils that Alice had in her collection, taking in as much and practicing as much as I could. Then I took a class on acrylics, at this class I was able to explore acrylics with Tom Quinn, Spokane Artist. I truly enjoy what acrylics have to offer in the speed of drying and clean up verses painting with oils. The most challenging thing about acrylics is also its greatest advantage: drying time. It air dries in minutes so a lot of the traditional wet-on-wet techniques don’t work. You can’t blend because it simply dries too fast
Ginny Brennan – How would you describe your style?
Chuck Harmon – When I first began painting it was all about abstracts, but my more recent paintings are more impressionist landscapes.
Ginny Brennan – Do you have an online portfolio? Where we can view your work?
Chuck Harmon – Alice and I have a joint website – www.harmonyartsspokane.com. I am also on Facebook.
Ginny Brennan – Are you a member of artist associations or on-line memberships?
Chuck Harmon – I am a member of River Ridge Association of Fine Arts – www.spokanerrafa.com –
Ginny Brennan – Do you have a favorite artist? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
Chuck Harmon – Probably my favorite artist is Charlie Burk. I first saw his art over ten years ago in Santa Fe. Charlie is very well known for his oil paintings. He is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Charlie has been painting for 40+years and paints the most fascinating paintings of fields of grasses. You can see his art on—line at www.fineartssantafe.com, which is also the Winterowd Gallery. Charlie’s lush landscapes of grass are very captivating.
Ginny Brennan – Can you remember one of the first things you painted and what makes it memorable?
Chuck Harmon – Yes I absolutely can remember. I was learning how to blend colors. At one point I was blending and was captivated by what looked like a sunrise. I was considering what to do next and I added a suspended bridge and was very pleased with the results. This was my first juried piece in 2010.
Ginny Brennan – What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Chuck Harmon – Most people wouldn’t know that from 1974 to 1978, I was employed by KXLY Radio and TV. During this time I had many rolls including Radio News, Radio Disk Jockey, Dialing For Dollars TV, TV Sportscaster for Evening News.
Ginny Brennan – Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art?
Chuck Harmon – Recently I have been working with epoxy resin pours and really enjoy adding this new medium to my art and will continue to do so.
Ginny Brennan – Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?
Chuck Harmon – I’ve spent 30 years of my life selling. What I have recognized is a most artists do not have the selling gene and are not comfortable seeking out a sale. I found that while working at Avenue West Art Gallery I was very comfortable selling and speaking about my art. On one particular day a father and son came in to the gallery and were very interested in one of my pieces and asked detailed questions on how the painting was actually developed. When I approached the subject of their interest in purchasing the piece, they seemed to lock up and departed the gallery. Within a few minutes they came back in and purchased the artwork. I believe having spent time with them and describing the development gave them enough information to make a purchasing decision.
Flootie would like to thank Ginny and Chuck for the informative interview and the opportunity to get to know Chuck Harmon. Look for more interesting interviews from Ginny as she travels across the U.S. in the upcoming weeks.