Harriet grew up in a house surrounded by artists. Despite her family’s artistic roots she grew far more excited by film as a medium and sought a more rock and roll lifestyle. Enrolling at Falmouth School of Art to pursue this opportunity she benefitted from being surrounded by inspiring and colourful people. This was the period she discovered the beauty and power of painting. Harriet’s means to pursue this would often find her seeking wood in skips and emptying her daughters paint stash, and she hasn’t stopped painting since.
Harriet loves the freedom of expression that she gets from painting and enjoys the entire lack of restriction. With a passion for figurative painting and particularly the study of the physical relationship between two people and all the things that make us human when we form a strong attachment to another human being.
With a lifelong respect for the Romany Gypsies; a group of people who have their own strong identity and culture that is so rich with colour and creativity and a fierce resistance to outside pressures to disappear. For Harriet, the Romany Gypsies are colourful and beautiful with a magical draw, to be respected and admired. The Circus has provided her with massive inspiration and a fascination for the groups of people who have an alternative lifestyle which takes them on the road - people who have strong bonds and a shared passion performing acts which involve real danger, so with a powerful element of fear and complete trust.
"For me this human strength and vibrancy along with the aesthetic glory of these studies offers me an unlimited and endless source of inspiration."