Robert Harrison began his painting career as a young child. He was first inspired to paint by his grandmother, an also avid painter, Myrtle Harrison-Lowery. Harrison received formal art training at the Witte Museum under Cecilia Steinfeldt. Mr. Louis Marshall, who owned Marhsall’s Brocante, owned a successful art and antique business in San Antonio and sold Harrison’s work for over 20 years.
Harrison has been commissioned by collectors and entities to create specific landscape renderings. Some of these collections include the Jon Peace Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Governor Dolph Briscoe has Harrison’s work in his collections at the First State Bank of Uvalde and in the Briscoe Ranch collection.
Harrison was inspired by, and his work has often been compared to that of the great early Texas landscape painters such as Julian Onderdonk, Robert Wood and Porfirio Salinas. Harrison’s paintings are executed with great use of color and rendering of light; he also uses a thick paint application for abundant texture on his canvases.