Rick Harris was born
February 19, 1951 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At the age of eleven
he began playing music professionally. Leaving school at fifteen
he went on the road with various rock and blues bands playing
across the Midwest. He has also worked at a variety of jobs
throughout his life including; factories, machine shops, horse
ranch, foundries and track maintenance for the old SooLine
He has traveled extensively
in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Although playing music and
songwriting are still his primary focus (currently has release
three CDs), his painting has become an important means of
expression. Working in oils on pre-stretched canvas, his main
subject is still music and the experiences of the day-to-day
lives of both professional and amateur musicians. His work
usually tries to tell a little story, often with a touch of
humor. Sometimes these are based on an actual happening or just
a fantasy. He likes to paint musician friends, relatives or
street musicians he has met.
Rick’s paintings are in
private collections in both the United States and Europe.