Saturday, 17 September 2016



Today we are celebrating Robert Harris' birthday. Robert was born 18 September 1849 in Ty'n y Groes, Conwy, Wales, UK. He migrated to Prince Edward Island via Liverpool with his family as a teen. He later studied art in Boston, London's Slade School of Art, in Paris under Léon Bonnat, and in Rome. He traveled extensively, finally settling in Montreal.

Robert Harris mainly worked in, Canada and was noted for his portrait paintings, especially THE FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION. No doubt due to his excellent art education, the commission in 1883 to paint the Fathers of Confederation came early in his career and it established his reputation as a portrait painter. He was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) and was elected president of the RCA in 1893.

Luckily Robert also painted landscapes and as I love landscapes that is what I've chosen to share today. I love the subtle pastels and misty mountains. He has included just enough shadow to make the trees stand out. The warm naples yellow of the foreground and the lovely soft cerulean and violet blues of the background are perfect complements.

This morning I painted a little watercolour inspired by this painting. I've titled it rolling hills. It can be seen on my Daily Paintworks link to the left.

by Sea Dean 
4" x 6" Strathmore 140lb 
WC Paper with Postcard back