Born in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood in 1943, David Harrison moved to then early Brookfield in 1949 where his father, an engineer for Allen Bradley, had built a home in an early subdivision situated in a pasture. From an eight- room schoolhouse in Elm Grove, he graduated from a 36 room St. Mary’s Grade School as one of 120 students in the eight grade. He found his education in high school and college at St. Francis Seminary on the Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Having taught grade school at two diocesan parishes, he began his long 32- year career as an English instructor at Arrowhead High School in Hartland Wisconsin.        His early summer years were spent backpacking in the mountains of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. After joining the Chicago Mountaineering Club in 1983, he started rock climbing and spent many expeditions climbing in the mountains of Alaska, Peru, Bolivia, Tajikistan, Siberia, British Columbia and the Yukon.   He edited the Chicago Mountaineer for several years as well as editing a creative writing journal for his high school during this time.      During the teaching years, he studied theater staging and lighting at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Minnesota. The influence of his experience led to his work with his high school’s drama productions, the Lake Country Players and the Waukesha Civic Theater. This time saw him as the first president of the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee when he began developing cross-country ski trails for the Department of Natural Resources in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. He competed avidly at cross-country ski races throughout the Midwest and completed 13 American Bierkebeiner ski races in Hayward Wisconsin. His ski experience led to his participation on the USSA Central Division Board of Directors.      It was during this period that he amassed a collection of his
35mm mountaineering slides that exceed 15,000 images. In addition he found subject matter in noted gardens and the work of Bill Radler, noted rosarian, at a time when the digital revolution was developing.      Harrison had always wanted to print his photos for framing, but his busy life style prevented him from accomplishing it until he visited Skagway Alaska in the summer of 2004. It was in a local art gallery that that he discovered the wonders of software manipulation and the technical artistry available through digital imaging, a process that uses fade-resistant archival inks and acid free papers that allow him to create works of museum quality.       He he now owns an Epson wide format printer and a collection of acid free papers that include metallic, matte, canvas, fine art, and photographic uses. His work shop now allows him to develop unique ways to present his laminated work - to many, a radical departure in how art is meant to display.       He continues his jaunts to the gym, his volunteer work  and digital painting effects through the application of various filters in his digital workshop (Adobe CC). This derivative photographic art evolves into layered images that combine drama, vivid colors, and impressionistic effects - all reflecting his vision and values perceived in his world  He classifies his work primarily as digital imaging, but others have labled his works as   graphics, print-making or even painting.      Each summer since 2004, Harrison has juried into as many as 22 art fairs in the Midwest.    
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