Paint for pleasure

As attorney and shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. in Milwaukee, Arthur Harrington doesn’t get to exercise his creative mind quite as often as he would like to. But his painting hobby provides a creative outlet.

For the past 15 or 20 years, Harrington has created ink drawings for holiday cards for clients, friends and families. But recently, he picked up acrylic painting with his daughter, Emily.

“My daughter recently moved back to the Milwaukee area after graduating from school out in Colorado,” Harrington said. “She’s been a great influence and a good incentive for me to continue to do things that are somewhat out of the box.”

Harrington and his daughter took a five-week acrylic class.

“It really ignited a passion in me that I had no idea was there,” he said.

Harrington converted a room on the second floor of his duplex into a bit of an art studio/gallery, and he and his daughter Emily have painting sessions together on Saturdays.

Harrington generally paints from pictures and has done a variety of Milwaukee landscapes as well as some portraits of people in his life.

He recently took a water color course with his daughter and also wants to dabble in oils.

“I try to get up there and do some painting during the week too,” he said. “It’s a great compliment to what I’m doing during the day, and a great source of relaxation and enjoyment for me. I find that acrylic painting is a very forgiving medium, unlike practicing law.”

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