Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Geoffrey Aaron Harris - Fall 2015

Geoffrey’s lifelong fascination with antique toys and games provides the inspiration for his work as a digital artist. He was born in Keflavik, Iceland to a U.S. Navy family whose service took them to many locations, from Alaska to South Carolina where they settled. From an early age he enjoyed painting and drawing but received no formal training.

He earned degrees in business, management, and management science at the University of South Carolina. After graduation, he worked for General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. After moving back south, he worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for several years as a Software Systems Engineer, before moving on to become a Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amid all that software and data work, in 1992 he quit his corporate career, moving back to South Carolina to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist. Today, he travels and exhibits his work at juried art festivals throughout the United States. His original digital paintings are created entirely on the computer, inspired by his collection and passion for antique toys and games. He strives to create unique and contemporary artwork with a nostalgic quality. Geoffrey creates his digital paintings on a 27-inch Apple iMac with the use of a WACOM graphics tablet. A drawing software application called Inkscape is used to create the design, then he uses Photoshop to digitally paint the finished image. He prints a limited edition of each image with an EPSON Stylus Pro 3800 Printer using archival inks and paper. He matts and frames all my own artwork using archival materials.