Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario
to a wealthy family - the Harris’ of the
Massey-Harris industrial fortune.
took up painting at an early age and although
he did some early illustration work for
magazines, he was in fact the only member
of the Group of Seven who was free all
his life from monetary pressures and the
need to earn a living in commercial art
Harris was best known for painting the
north shore of Lake Superior, the Arctic,
the Rocky Mountains, and other unique
and powerful parts of the Canadian landscape.