Painting & Drawing

Tina Harrison


  • Contact: Tina Harrison
  • Address: 1101 Mount Road, Hornby Island
  • Where to find my art: Home gallery studio on Hornby, Hornby Farmer's Market

Founding member of the Hornby Island Arts Council, in 1999.

In early 1992 Harrison enrolled as a full time art student and North Island College, Courtenay, BC.  As a mature student Tina would be exposed to a full range of art disciplines. Her course load included photography, colour theory, painting, drawing, art history, 3D design and construction. Harrison credits her development as an artist to her teachers at college. Her drawing classes were thorough and exacting but a necessary foundation for painting and sculpture, these courses gave her the confidence to grow as an artist and to exhibit her work. Tina would graduate with a diploma in fine arts and then went on to do a third year, self-directed studies in oil painting and had her first solo show that year.

In the summer of 2001 she attended MISSA Summer School of the Arts, taking a course in painting. Tina realized that the painted surface could further evolve with the use of distressed papers, collage, impasto medium, thick juicy paint. These techniques could now be included in her works. Paramount in Harrison’s work is the surface texture. The building of layers and subsequent palette knife strokes help set the mood of the painting coupled with light playing on the uneven surface all contribute to the overall impression of movement, adding more depth and meaning to her work.