Alyne Harris

Photo of folk artist, Alyne HarrisAlyne Harris was born in March 1942, in Gainesville, Fl.

As a young girl, Alyne and her sisters played in a nearby cemetery where her family members were buried.  She imagined herself in the presence of heavenly spirits and her fascination prompted her to draw angels in the mud.   Today, she continues to paint angels but has broadened to other favorite subjects such as church scenes, black people in her community, and spring gardens filled with animals and birds.   For her, each painting begins with a clear view of the image she wants to portray.  She then finds a scrap of paper, a piece of masonite, or canvas to fit the picture in her mind.

Alyne’s work is included in numerous museums and corporate and private collections.  She is also featured in many folk art publications such as “Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South.”  June 2021 – January 15, 2022,  The Thomas Center in Alyne’s hometown of Gainesville, FL hosted a solo exhibit of her work, “Between Heaven and Earth: The Paintings of Alyne Harris.”

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