Portrait meets Art

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For the last few years I have been expanding my creative world and started working with oil paints on canvas.  Painting incorporates my love and expertise of photographic imagery and takes it far beyond what I can can capture in my camera.  I want to share a little about this journey and my process.

My fine art incorporates two different mediums; both using a reference image from a studio portrait studio session I’ve captured or with an image supplied from my client.

Digitally Rendered:  I digitally paint on a computer via the use of a stylus pen and Wacom tablet.  I use a wide array of electronic brushes, mimicking real artist brushes, to create the image on the screen without the mess or clean up of wet paint.  Once my art is of the finished rendition I am creating, I am able to upload the digital file to a professional print lab who prints the image any size I desire as a finished piece of art.

Classic Oil on Canvas: The second medium is using a hard copy reference image that I captured in my studio of a subject. I sketch the image onto a specific sized canvas with a pencil and charcoal stick to show a rough draft of the subject. Now it is time to start adding layer upon layer of paint; setting down detail, colors, highlights and shadows. I like that I am able to make subtle changes as the painting nears completion because of the fluidity of the oils which makes the paint stay damp/wet for days.  Although this process takes months to complete, I love to see the painting come alive, layer by layer.

I began working with photography many years ago in a darkroom, rolling and developing my own film and enlarging prints. Although technological advances have dramatically shifted the world of photography, I fell in love with the hands-on process of developing my own photographs. While I appreciate and love current digital photography and all that can be accomplished on a computer, a few years ago I found myself yearning for an outlet to create with my hands again. Oil painting is truly a renewed way to create for me.  It is also a humbling way I can create a piece of history for someone of their loved ones to be displayed on their walls.


I am inspired by so many artists, but two artists who have very much impacted my journey are Marilyn Sholin, a Master Digital artist in Asheville, NC and Cynthia Howard, an amazing local landscape Oil Artist.  Both of these artists are willing to teach others their technique while letting you keep your own style.

My grandson came to visit one day.  As he entered the living room, he noticed his framed painting was not up on the wall where it usually hung.  With a worried voice, he asked, “Grandma, where is my picture?”  I told him, with confidence, we had to use it to show at a vendor event and it would be back the next time he came to visit.  He was so eager to see his painting back up on the wall the next time he came to visit.  I didn’t know how important that painting made him feel until he showed me that day.

Show them how important they are… Call to inquire. I am currently accepting commissions.  

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Sandy Harrison
First and foremost...I am a cancer survivor of twenty years. I began studying essential oils and herbs in 2014 after being diagnosed with MS, and shortly after, melanoma cancer.
I want you to join me as I introduce and educate the fundamentals of essential oils and herbs for a more naturopathic daily option for heal and wellness.
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My products are available from my website, www.VitalityGinger.com,
At The Mint Hill Farmer's Market
And at my studio, Vitality Ginger in the Morris Park Business Park
You can also connect with me personally at 704-608-6164