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David Harlan fulfilled a life long dream after moving to Santa Fe in the early eighties to become a full-time painter and currently resides in Prescott, Arizona. Harlan's impressionistic landscapes, rich in color and texture, are reduced to certain simplicity; his compositions have emotional impact that cuts across many categories of definition. As a landscape painter, he feels he has a lot of freedom to interpret, but he thinks his basic responsibility as a painter is to reflect not only what is there, but to go beyond. The going beyond is the emotional impact - how light alters shape, casts shadow, brings up detail, and gives definition.
Harlan, a Kansas Native, is a graduate of Wichita State University and is a Signature Member of The International Society of Marine Painters. Harlan has exhibited internationally and is in corporate collections throughout the country.