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We're pleased to feature South Dakota artist Mick B. Harrison's painting, "A Christmas Tale," in our Art Spur project, which invites poets to submit poems inspired by contemporary art selections.

Raised in the farm and ranch country of northcentral South Dakota, Mick B. Harrison learned to draw and paint his surroundings at an early age. The buttes, prairie, hills and rivers of his childhood, along with the hardy inhabitants, are rich fodder for his canvases. Each has a history, personal moments in time, that are of particular interest to the artist.

"I approach my painting style with a directness and certain hardiness, much like the subject matter I portray. I like the finished work to easily be read yet have subtleties that give it the artist's imprint. My personal success with any of my work is in direct relation to the passion and knowledge I have of the subject, which has just as much to do with the spirit of the application of paint to canvas!"

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 "A Christmas Tale"

by Mick B. Harrison

  18 x 24  (edition of 100)  


"A Christmas Tale" is a featured Art Spur subject.

Mick Harrison shared some interesting information about this painting::

It was originally done as a Christmas cover for Today's Horse magazine then was later used on the cover of Deadwood magazine, and eventually western singer Michael Martin Murphey used the image on his Winter Tour poster in 2004.

The two cowboys used for models (along with their dog) are a father and son team, Todd & Tyson Reier from Dewey County, South Dakota who are good friends and allowed me to "work" them in heavy coats in the middle of July for this.


"Burning the Midnight Oil"

by Mick B. Harrison

27 x 18 1/2 (edition of 100)



 "Dash For The Cottonwoods"

 by Mick B. Harrison

33 x 12  (edition of 250)  


"Turning Tail"  

by Mick B. Harrison

18 x 8 3/4  (edition of 500)  


"Chores, Come Hell Or High Water"  

by Mick B. Harrison

13 x 17 (second market print / 3 available-framed only)  


In 2006, Mick Harrison depicted the first ride of the legendary Tipperary in 1915 in Camp Crook, South Dakota. The painting was commissioned by Alvin Cordell of Camp Crook, who did much of the research on Tipperary and the people involved with him. (See Rod Nichols poem, Tipperary, which was inspired in part by this painting.)

2006, Mick Harrison, reproduction prohibited
"Tipperary's Genesis" by Mick Harrison

"Tipperary's Genesis," gouache, 31x17 is available in a limited edition. View the painting and more of Mick Harrison's work at his web site


 More about Mick Harrison (continued from above)

Mick Harrison has been awarded the Wm. F. Cody Award for Art by the Old West Trail Foundation; the Nick Eggenhofer Award for Western Art by the Cody, Wyoming Art League; been named Artist of the Year by the South Dakota Hall of Fame; and Artist of the Year by the Center for Western Studies, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a founding member of the Artists of the Black Hills.

His art has graced the covers of Today's Horse, Deadwood, and BEEF magazines; has been featured as cover art and illustrations for True West, Frontier Times, and Old West magazines; and in calendars, posters, cartoons, and other publications. Mick Harrison and his art have been featured with articles in South Dakota magazine and in Western Horseman magazine.

Visit Mick Harrison's web site for more information and more of his art, originals, and open and limited editions. 

Mick Harrison Paintings
PO Box 457
 Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717








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