Brent Harris

Brent Harris


As well as being a fine artist, I am also a digital artist, photographer, satirist, essayist, and poet, each under a different name. There are reasons for this, but they’re not germane to my story here. You will find links below which will let you explore the other aspects of my creative endeavors.

I strive to create art which resonates as well as appeals, which adds color, beauty and joy to life, and perhaps brings a smile to someone’s day. I hope my art makes you think, smile, laugh, or cry, that it touches you viscerally, reaching your mind, body, and spirit. I strive to produce the best of which I am capable. However, like life, I believe our best work cannot be sterile, crisp, clean, devoid of vitality, but necessarily will be difficult, uncomfortable at times, and viewed most honestly warts and all. As Mark Twain put it, or I remember it, “of course truth is stranger than fiction, fiction has to make sense.” This, too, is true of art.

I come to painting, to art, late in life by some standards, but like Athena leaping full grown from Zeus’s forehead; I have come armed for the fray and apply myself with a will. As a Wikipedia entry has it, “Athena is goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and is the goddess of heroic endeavors.” This as a description of a creative life in our modern world is well suited to our reality. Honest creation, creation from the heart, spirit and mind, no matter what our age or the age of man, requires courage, inspiration, strength, strategy, art, craft and skill. In this time where callous greed, corrupt self-interest, & unmitigated contempt for humanity and our planet, Earth, appear rampant, pursuing art is a hero’s journey. It is a just battle and we who have undertaken this quest need to cultivate bravery, humility, strength, and whatever help, support, or inspiration the universe presents or provides.

Violence proliferates, the climate degenerates, and our hopes appear to evaporate. Artists, the creative among us in all fields, not just what is by tradition referred to as art, challenge us to examine our follies and admit our imperfections through their continual striving to express the best of themselves. But they also challenge us by direct confrontation, holding mirrors to our perfidy, sometimes simply by presenting something so honest, so striking, beautiful and true that we must acknowledge our weaknesses and seek our higher selves. We may smile or nod, laugh or cry, or show no indication we have been changed, but we remember love, hope and laughter and we understand that every living being shares these same emotions. We see something so incredible in itself, so obviously art, that we are struck to our core with its blinding beauty and transformative power, even if the surface appears hideous or causes pain, fear and sadness. After we have seen it, experienced it in whatever form it takes, we will be forever changed, unable to live as we did previously.

This is what I strive to create. And, however short I may fall of my goal, I will gird up my loins and always bring the best of myself to my art.


Brent Harris Fine Art

Although you will find landscapes and portraits in my portfolio, I believe my use of intense color, choice of subject matter and rendering give my art a unique and personal look. My socially-conscious paintings speak to my concerns with issues which effect us and the entire planet.

I have shown in gallery and online shows receiving awards and positive recognition. My work graces private collections in the United States and abroad

Anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area can see my work at the upcoming "Like a Tom Waits Song" at Arc Gallery in San Francisco

A Map of Moments “A Map of Moments”

This painting shows a photograph of a women on her 90th birthday, backed by a portait of her wedding day and holding a picture of herself as a teenager at the beach with a chimpanzee on her shoulders. This picture sits in front of a small, 5 x 7 photograph taken when she was four-years-old. I have also painted the frame around this photograph and the table on which the sit.

18" x 24" Oil on canvas ~ Private collection

Pandamonium “Pandamonium”

A woman wearing a Panda Hat laughs with great joy.

18" x 24" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $1295.00

Youth and Beauty Share a Laugh “Youth and Beauty Share a Laugh”

An unusual couple share a drink and a laugh, but which is truth, which beauty?

18" x 24" ~ Oil on Canvas ~ $1295.00

A Glance Askance “A Glance Askance”

A young lady shoots a look to her right, but what is she watching?

11" x 15" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $580.00

Along the Volga “Along the Volga”

A cottage in Irma, Russian sits in a flower-filled yard near the banks of the Volga river.

11" x 15" - Oil on canvas ~ $580.00

Secret Garden “Secret Garden”

An old, carved wooden door opens onto a garden full of flowers and trees in great profusion.

16" x 20" ~ Oil on board ~ $1280.00

Autumn Jewels “Autumn Jewels”

A painting of Autumn leaves in all their glory.

"8 x 10" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $400.00

Bright Lights, Pacific Ocean “Bright Lights, Pacific Ocean”

As twilight descends over the Pacific Ocean, the bright lights of a carnival nearby light up the evening.

Road to Now Here “Road to Now Here”

Like an old-fashined quilt this large four-patch and borders speaks to earlier, simpler times while questioning our dependance on oil and distaers like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

36" x 36" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $2590.00

Eggs Leonardo, Scrambled “Eggs Leonardo, Scrambled”

"Madonna on the Rocks" with a few key differences.This painting Incorporates both an art joke involving eggs and takes on the use of classic images in the public domain used to advertise almost anything, including the Grotto, where fresh eggs are served every day.

36" x 36" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $2590.00

Gods or Monsters “Gods or Monsters”

A hooded man sails blindly down a river into a blazing cave, overseen by figures who might be either gods or monsters.

16" x 20" ~ Oil on canvas ~ $1120.00

Not Here, Not Anywhere “Not Here, Not Anywhere”

In a central image surrounded by barbed wire, a woman in plastic handcuffs is led away by a policeman during a protest of Arizona's anti-immigration law SB1070. Around the outer parts of the painting are figures of protests and sample tea bags from Patriot Brand Tea, such as Duplici Tea and Hostili Tea. On the red, enameled frame is enhanced by the words Not Here, Not Anywhere in languages from Afrikaans to Welsh.

18" x 24" ~ Oil, acrylic, ink and assemblage ~ $1495.00