We had the good fortune of connecting with Derek Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Derek, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Discipline has been the most important component of success. I still have a ways to go but nothing would get done if I wasn’t disciplined and committed.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an oil painter and fine artist working in traditional representational art. It is a craft that is very skill-based. Creativity, inspiration and all of that are vital. But without the fundamental knowledge of how to draw, paint, etc. it would just be noise on a canvas. Learning the skills necessary to express your unique vision is fundamentally crucial. None of this process is easy. Although nothing worthwhile is. It makes it that much more rewarding when achieving a work of art that resonates with other people. When they feel something from it so much that they have to own it and live with it in their home. I consider that to be quite an accomplishment.
Creating something that ceased to exist prior to your inspiration is endlessly fascinating and rewarding.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Nature, art museums and art galleries. Finishing the day at one of the many amazing restaurants. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are too many to name. It really does take a village. All of the collectors who have invested in my work. My peers and fellow artists who have been extremely generous with their knowledge and experience. Many friends and people I have met along the way who have been completely supportive.

Website: Derekharrisonart.com

Instagram: @derekharrisonart

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