Welcome to the official Terry Harrison website

About Terry - 1951-2017 - Meet the Artist

Terry was a quiet, gentle man who through his passionate love of drawing and painting and generous nature, touched and brought joy to so many people's lives in so many different ways. He is deeply missed by his family and friends, students and supporters alike, although his legacy will of course live on through his timeless, inspiring paintings and the words and images of his incredible books, DVDs and other publications.

Terry finally rests in Bourton on the Water, a place he loved. The cemetery overlooks allotments and rolling hills and is a place of calm. If you wish to pay your respects, you may print off the directions.

He will live on in the memories of those who loved him and whom he inspired. 

Terry always loved painting and drawing, but when he was a lad at school in Norfolk, Art was never considered a career subject and certainly not encouraged, but in 1965 his family moved to Farnborough, and his new art teacher was brilliant, at age 15 he passed both O-Level and A-Level Art, then went on to Farnham Art School.

Leaving college his first career was in graphics, working for a while in London, then as an illustrator for Yellow Pages. He still continued to paint during evenings and weekends developing his own painting techniques. Terry very soon began to realise that he couldn’t keep up with the demand for his paintings, so in 1984 he took the decision to give up the "day job" and paint full time. This was the best decision he ever made, he always had a full schedule of exhibitions, private commissions, demonstrations and workshops.

Terry was inspired by Constable and Turner, his favourite subject is the traditional landscape, using watercolour or acrylic as his main medium. He began using oils at Art School then moved on to acrylics and eventually watercolour.

In 1989 he started his own Fine Art print publishing company which had over 150 of his images including landscapes, cricket and golf scenes, these are sold in shops and galleries throughout the world. His paintings continue to be much in demand, in both original and the printed form. He has works in both public and private collections throughout the USA, Europe and Japan.
In 1996 Terry was honoured to win the prestigious Fine Art Guild award for the 'Best Up and Coming Artist'.

In 2000 Gibsons Games published Terry's 1st jigsaw puzzle, 'Heart of the Village' over the years he worked alongside Gibson's providing a whole raft of paintings that that gave puzzlers the sufficiency of detail which makes a really good jigsaw but at the same time maintaining his artistic integrity. The last image he painted for Gibson's is of Edinburgh Castle which was published in Autumn 2017.

In 2001 his first book 'Brush with Watercolour' was published by Search Press. It proved to be a major success and was reprinted so many times that it sold over 175,000 copies and is one of the best selling watercolour books ever.
In 2004 'Brush with Acrylics' was published repeating the success of the first book, not just in the United Kingdom, but World Wide. Terry went on to write 25 more books.

In 1990 he began to develop his unique range of brushes, beginning with the now famous Fangogh brush. This expanded into quite a range of speciality brushes, unique to Terry and the logical progression of this was to create teaching DVDs many of which you can now see on the Painting and Drawing Channel on SKY TV.

He also realised that there was a lack suitable paints on the market, so developed his now famous ‘Three Greens’ 'Autumn Shades' the colour ‘Shadow’ 'Bluebell' and 'Tarmac' in Artists watercolour, all created to help make painting easier for everyone. Finally developing a range of Artists acrylic paints which have proved just as popular as the watercolour range.
See how Terry developed his range of paints

Terry travelled up and down the country demonstrating to Art societies and clubs as well as various Art Shows. He taught workshops and holidays throughout the UK and taught also in the USA and South Korea.

In 2007 Terry moved to the Cotswolds,  living in the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water with his wife Fiona Peart, they were married there in 2011.