Artist's CV

 

Kara Dee Harrison

Currently residing on Vancouver Island, BC. 

 

Kara is currently represented by 

Gallery Merrick in Nanaimo BC. 

 

 


Artist's Statement

 

As a bright eyed graduate, Kara began a year of study at Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University), followed by a three year private apprenticeship with local painter Richard Hoedl. Much personal study and experimentation was next, with workshops and tutorials guiding her emerging style. Kara was especially interested in assemblage work, discovering the joy of working outside the boundaries of the canvas.  

 

In 2016 Kara began a tattoo apprenticeship with Nicholas McMaster, challenging herself to expand her scope of work and translate it to a squishy and demanding canvas, the human body. Two years of study with Nick also focused on developing her painting and design skills.   

 

Kara's work is often influenced by pop culture, dinosaurs, and local marine life. Her signature colours are turquoise and gold. Kara has a great love of secrets and surprises and often hides found objects, plastic dinosaurs, and messages in the backs of her paintings for other seekers to discover. 

 

Kara's great hope is that others will find joy in her work, and create elaborate backstories for the characters held therein.  

 

 

Education

  • Explorer Women's Tattoo Summit - Los Angeles - 2019
  • Alla prima portrait painting - Week long intensive workshop - 2018  
  • Tattoo, acrylic painting, and design apprenticeship - 2016-2018
  • Hoedl Fine Art Studios - Oil painting apprenticeship - 2008-2010   
  • Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University) - Fine Arts program - 2004 
  • Malaspina University College - Drawing 101 (Dual Credit program through NDSS) - 2003 

 

 

Exhibitions and Showing

  • Hub City Walls - Mural "Adventures in Otter Space" created for the city - Nanaimo, BC - 2020 
  • "In Bloom" - Group show at Gastown Attic Gallery - Vancouver, BC - 2020
  • Stretched Art Show - Group Show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2020
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2019
  • "Cryptid" - Group show at Gastown Attic Gallery - Vancouver - 2019
  • Heritage Art Show - First Place - Nanaimo - 2019
  • "The Audacious Otter Review" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2019 
  • "An Encore of Otters" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo -  2019
  • Squared Art Show - Group show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2019
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Home Studio, Nanaimo - 2018  
  • "The Salmon's Family Reunion" & "The Orca's Orchestra" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2018
  • "The Otter's Picnic" & "The Crab's Parade" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo BC, 2018  
  • Stretched Art Show - Group Show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2018
  • Biennial Juried Show - Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith - 2018
  • Art Around Town - Group show at Port Theatre, Nanaimo - 2018
  • Grand Opening Event - Golden Otter Gallery, Nanaimo - 2017 
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Home studio, Nanaimo - 2017
  • Artist's Alley - Group show in Old City Quarter, Nanaimo - 2010 
  • End of Year Showcase - Malaspina University College, Nanaimo - 2005