GUILFORD – Thirteen original works of local artist Dan Harrington will be on display through the end of December in the community room at the Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St., as the lifelong Guilford resident prepares to open his own studio in the coming months.
According to the artist, painting commissions, prints of his work, professional wedding and portrait photography, professional photo printing, photo restoration and alterations, professional framing and, possibly, art instruction will all be available at the proposed studio.
Harrington, who’s had a love for drawing, and art in general for as long as he can remember, said it was a chance discovery at his grandmother’s funeral which cemented his passion for the arts.
“Growing up, I became very interested in art but I had no real direction or guidance,” stated the 33-year-old Harrington. “The moment when everything clicked for me was when I saw my first Daniel K. Tennant painting.”
Harrington said he was captivated by the Tennant paintings which adorned the funeral home where his grandmother was laid to rest. The thought of studying under Tennant – who taught art at the Bainbridge-Guilford High School at the time – was exciting, he added.
Determined to learn as much as he possibly could under Tennant’s direction, Harrington said one of his earliest recollections as a student involved drawing and shading the four basic three-dimensional shapes. The exercise allowed him to begin “seeing” as an artist, he added.
“I started to see how things could be reduced to basic shapes and then shaded into realistic looking objects,” stated Harrington of Tennant’s early lessons. “He taught me that drawing is the basis for painting. The following year, I did my first painting, which was done in acrylic.”..