The original artwork for the cover of “Unthinkable Consequences” was created by Richard M. Harrison. His cover design arranges many of the story elements from the book in an intriguing, mysterious composition.
His personal style as an artist is unique because of his ability to adapt the “look” of the finished work to the demands of the specific project, ranging in diversity from professional portraits, to expansive murals of angels, to life-size sculpture. Rick’s specialty is devising a creative concept to satisfy the requirements of the client while applying the skills of a master craftsman and the eye of an artist.
Because Unthinkable Consequences takes place in the late 1950s Richard decided to mimic the look of popular noir thrillers published during this era. To accomplish this, he used gouache as his painting medium, as did most of the book cover illustrators of the time, especially for pulp fiction. This results in rich, lurid colors appropriate for this type of story but it is a very exacting medium and few artists are comfortable working with it. Judging by the results shown above, Richard is one of them.
Having been taught a broad range of disciplines by one of Atlanta’s renowned artists Julian H. Harris, who was also an architect, Richard became adept at designing, painting and sculpting. This included manufacturing and installation of a sculpture, wood framing, plaster casting, working with bronze, aluminum and marble. Early in his career he became an expert in building architectural models which required expertise in the use of synthetic materials from Plexiglas to polyfoam. With the skills of a master craftsman and the eye of an artist he is uniquely qualified for a wide variety of assignments.
Known for his comprehensive research and fascination with history, he has designed and custom-built miniature dioramas as well as full size displays for numerous prominent museums. Richard has also been commissioned to paint historically accurate murals on a wide range of subjects, such as the Old West, ancient Egypt and 1950’s Americana for museums and collectors.
Always enthusiastic about history he has launched an innovative endeavor ~ the creation of affordable traveling museum displays with popular historic themes. His concept is to provide the visitor with a new experience: a feeling like they have traveled back in time, moving through the past. Most notably “The Tut Experience,” an expansive view of everyday life during the reign of Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun, which has been on display in a number of museums in Georgia and Alabama.
With displays on ancient Rome, the Vikings and America’s Westward Expansion on the drawing board, Richard Harrison is truly an artist for the ages.