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Harrison Halaska

Laguna College of Art and Design

oil on linen


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

This painting is of my friend Chloe Allred. It was painted from life.

How do you describe your work and practice?

I paint from life. This process helps develop my gratitude for and understanding of life. I hope the weaknesses in my character are also observable.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

The jurors looked good; it’s always nice to have influential people view your work. The $10,000 grand prize was enticing. The show travels. The competition was posted on our school’s bulletin board.

What inspires your work?

Great paintings, running and nature. Also, explaining to someone how beautiful or compelling something is always seems to fall incredibly short. I believe my paintings are by far the most articulate ideas I have.