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 Harry D. Wishard  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: Hawaii      Known for: landscape and seascape painting

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Biography from Wishard Gallery:
Born and raised in Pahala, a small plantation town on the island of Hawaii, Harry Wishard has always been surrounded by beauty.  Of his childhood, he said:  "I did not realize it at the time, but as I look back, I grew up in a rather unique situation. My family had been involved in the sugar cane business for generations, so I was born into the sugar plantation environment.  Being a haole born in Hawai'i in the fifties is not exactly rare, but uncommon.  It was a great way to grow up."

A mostly self-taught artist, he expresses is profound love for the cascading waterfalls, remote valleys, rainforests, dynamic skies, and local lifestyle inspires him to paint what he sees with almost photographic realism.  He works exclusively in oils, primarily on cotton canvas, with a large array of colors.

Wishard achieves in his art that ultimate level of beauty that literally takes your breath away and for a brief moment the world stops... you feel the wind against your cheek and the waves lapping at your feet.

Harry Wishard still lives on the Big Island of Hawaii on a small farm with his son and one of his daughters, and has recently opened his own art gallery at Waimea. 

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"I am an artist because I love to paint. I was blessed with a talent. It's a gift. Art chose me, and that makes me one of the luckiest people I know. I love what I do. I am grateful for the chance to be an artist, and I am most grateful to the people who make my good fortune possible."

"I think growing up where I did and how I did has been influential on the type of art I do. But, I also think if you are blessed with a talent, you could grow up anywhere and still be an artist. Locality most probably molds the type or style of art one does. Mine is quite realistic, and people are often enamored by my attention to detail, but I must say, it is more of a device to give a painting credibility rather than what the piece is really about. Realism accomodates viewers. It helps them "enter" a painting. Growing up here has given me the knowledge of how things are supposed to look so that they can be accurately depicted. Technique attaches someone to a piece, but it is not the purpose of the painting. What matters - the real message - is the feeling or emotion evoked."

For example, I love being on the beach early in the morning... first light, the cool but not cold morning air, the crisp clarity of the morning sky; and the water, gin-clear, not yet rippled by mid-morning thermals. It is a refreshing, rejuvenating feeling - peaceful. So when I want to paint this feeling, I start out with a beach. Now, this beach may be in my imagination, or may really exist, but either way I'll create a credible scene. Either I'll represent the beach with enough accuracy to make it recognizable or I'll depict it with such foliage and geographical characteristics that it may actually exist; hidden somewhere. If accepted by the viewer, it gives them the sense that they are actually experiencing what they are looking at visually and emotionally. They are there. If they can really feel their feet in the water, or hear the small waves lapping at the shore, then I have done my job. It's nice to be able to escape into a painting. It is entertaining and therapeutic, much like a good book or movie."

"That's a little of what I can tell you about my work and myself. As far as my life, art, family, friends, and the situations I'm blessed with, all I can say is, life is good!"



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