Bud Harris – Firmly Planted In The Black Belt
October 21-December 31
“I am a painter of the South, specifically the geographic area of Alabama called the Black Belt. Having been born and raised in this part of Alabama, it is what I best know and love; that is, it is my home country and I make art about this land, its people, and the stories of this place.
I seek out the places and the people that are deeply steeped in the history of the Black Belt. I am inspired by the rich traditions that include telling stories, how and why people gather, and the passing of time and how it affects people, places, and things in this region. I believe in the distinct genius loci of the Black Belt and try to manifest it in my painting.
I mainly work with watercolor but I will combine that with acrylics and oil pigments when I believe it necessary. Lately, I’ve been working on larger oil on canvas pieces and I am enjoying the experience of translating how I work in watercolor to painting with oil. Regardless of the medium I choose, I am aware of the way the light plays across surfaces and work to bring out my intent with rich color.” – Bud Harris
This exhibition has been made possible by The Daniel Foundation of Alabama and grants by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.