A critic once said of my art that "it
pays tribute to a beautiful world.”
Those words humble me and
perfectly describe the driving force behind my work. I have been
an artist for longer than I can remember.
I wrote and illustrated my
first picture book at age 8. My father loved nothing better than
standing knee deep, fly rod in hand, in a mountain stream. We
camped and hiked from the North Woods to Colorado and those are
some of my happiest memories. My mother was an oil painter and
decorative artist and so both of my parents strongly influenced
the path I chose in life.
I live in Colorado where I find endless inspiration and feel
most alive when I’m out in the backcountry observing some of the
wildlife you see in my art. I’ve watched grizzlies feed on
salmon and black bears court on a moonlit night. I’ve listened
to the lonely howl of wolves and looked into a mountain lion’s
eyes. These experiences and so many more are deeply etched into
my psyche and fill me with awe and appreciation. I try to
express the deep connection I feel towards animals and the raw,
indescribable beauty of the natural world. Mine is not a
naturalist’s realism but rather one of magic, joy, and wonder.
It makes me so happy to be able to share my personal vision and
hope it can resonate with some of you.
is most widely recognized for her vibrant, whimsical batik
paintings. Batik is a century’s old textile process that has
been practiced all over the world. Her batiks reflect a more
contemporary and painterly approach both in style and theme.
vibrant colors are applied with Japanese Sumi brushes.
These translucent dyes merge
and flow over one another in successive layers.
Hot liquid wax is applied in
between each layer of dye to build the detailed textures and
patterns. Harriet continues to explore other art forms.
recently, her acrylic paintings incorporate the same intuitive
sense of color and form as well as the joyous connection to wild