Artist Profile

Alyne Harris

Born in 1943, Alyne Harris is a painter from Gainesville, Florida. She is a distant relative of sculptor, Jesse Aaron. She has been painting since a young age and draws inspiration from both nature and other favorite subjects such as angels, church scenes, and black people in her community. She paints mostly at night after she has finished work. Each painting begins for her with a clear view of the image she wants to portray. She then finds a scrap of paper, a piece of masonite, or canvas to fit the picture in her mind. Harris' work draws heavily from African-American traditions including jumping the broom in her wedding scenes.

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