| Artist Biography
Like most important painters throughout history, Harding gains inspiration and influence through studying the styles and techniques used by the Old Masters including Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, and Henry Hensche. He believes in building solid fundamental skills that provide a strong foundation for developing art with depth, meaning, and intrinsic value. To that end, Harding has studied under living masters from Studio Incamminati, an Atelier, founded by the Maestro Nelson Shanks. He has also been taught by notable artists including Cedric Egeli, Robert Douglas Hunter, Kerry Dunn, Jafang Lu, and Sam Vokey. It is his aspiration to teach and inspire future generations of artists to carry on this important tradition.
The thread that weaves through Harding’s depictions of contemporary concepts and subject matter is a bravura painting process that emphasizes minimal fresh and loose brushstrokes that, when viewed from a distance, come sharply into focus. It is evident through his sensually painted surface, the pleasure the artist derives from a deftly handled brush. His palette consists of over 20 prismatic colors, which he blends to achieve highly luminous light effects.
Mr. Harding was selected for the Artist-in-Residence program by The Cape Cod Art Association, and his work has been juried into several prestigious exhibits sponsored by The Copley Society and The Guild of Boston Artists. His original paintings and commissioned works hang in many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and in England. Harding’s art has also been used to raise donations for causes including land conservation, animal welfare, and ovarian cancer research. Collectors can anticipate owning a valuable, well-constructed painting that captures the spirit of the subject while forming a strong emotional bond with the piece over time.