The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery is excited to welcome artist Angela Harker this coming April. Harker will be the featured artist for the months of April and May.
“As a child, I was always painting and crafting, and in my early career as a First and Second Grade Teacher, there were countless artistic avenues to explore,” Harker said. “I have always dabbled in anything and everything creative.”
Harker says, growing up in the countryside of Zimbabwe fueled her creative side and feels it is the reason she is drawn to color and light. “The vibrant colors, coupled with the luminosity of pastels and the immediate results that they create really appeal to me.” While many of Harker’s pieces are pastels, she does not restrict herself in the use of other mediums.
While she draws constant inspiration from her homeland, she also draws from the natural world around her. “I have developed a passion for painting animals and love to add this element to the landscapes I paint, be it a bird in the marshes or a wild pony on the North Carolina seashore,” she said. “I strive to create a peaceful and harmonious scene that the observer can easily relate to and enjoy.”
Harker has achieved much in her artistic career such as being accepted into many juried shows. However, she says her “greatest thrill” is when someone wants to purchase a piece and hang it in their home. Many of her pieces are now in homes on several continents.