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Jim Harrison
April 2007

Cotton Field

Cotton Field

“I enjoyed painting Cotton Field. There are few things as beautiful as a cotton field in full bloom. I never picked cotton myself, but my daddy and mama did and I have some friends that grew up picking cotton. I remember that the beginning of school was always adjusted to accomodate getting the cotton picked. The bus children had to get home to go to the fields so we had half days until mid September. School never started in August. Now adays chemicals can be used to adjust when the cotton will come in. When I was growing up cotton season gave a economic boost to Denmark. My mama took full advantage and always had rummage sales on Saturday during the picking time.” - Jim Harrison

Customer Profile: Gene Ransdale

Gene RansdaleGrowing up in Denmark, Gene Ransdale got to know Jim Harrison on the basketball court. In fact, he as Jim's replacement in basketball at Denmark High School.

Over the years, their relationship continued. Gene was living in New York City when Jim and Margaret Harrison got their start at the sidewalk art shows. Jim would sell his original paintings “down in the village.” The Harrisons came by to visit Gene's apartment in New York and gave him his first Jim Harrison prints - “Abandoned Boat” and “House in the Country.”

Now, Gene has come home to Denmark and today ownes many types and images of Jim's art. He has an original painting of the Edisto River, has several canvas transfers, and owns many lithographs (both open editions and limited editions). However, his favorite Jim Harrison piece is “The Big Palmetto” giclee'.

Gene says, “I love the nostalgia of Jim's work. No matter where I am, it always brings me back home to South Carolina.”



The popularity of prints on canvas has increased steadily in recent years. Advances in technology have allowed such precise reproductions that they are often favored with both private collectors and museums. There are two methods we use to reproduce a painting on canvas, canvas transfer and giclee (pronounced ghee-clay). Both methods are sophisticated enough to make it difficult to tell the difference between the print and the original painting.

Producing a canvas transfer is an intensely detailed process which actually begins with a paper print. Special chemicals are applied that seize the ink and separate it from the paper. The ink is then imbedded into the canvas. Meticulous attention to detail is required in order to maximize ink retention, paper removal and bonding.

Giclee printing is a more recent method that can be used for prints on canvas. First an image of the original painting is generated using a high resolution digital scan. Giclee prints are typically created using professional 8 to 12 color ink-jet printers that are capable of producing highly detailed images. The image is printed directly onto the canvas using high quality archival inks.

In recent auctions some giclee prints have fetched prices in excess of $20,000. Realizing the vast potential of this technology, many museums have included giclee prints as part of their permanent collection. Examples can be found at the New York Metropolitan Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern art to name just a few. Jim Harrison Gallery features a number of images as canvas transfers or giclees. Both the methods offer the detail, depth, and richness of color that is so Jim Harrison.