Harriet is the mother of three beautiful children
and the wife of a 'love-life' husband. An artist that primarily paints in acrylic and oil, Harriet also loves to experiment with new techniques. When she isn't making original art in her home studio located in Safety Harbor, you can find her enjoying parks and beaches and making memories with her family.

Full Artist Statement

Born in England and raised in Barbados, I am interested in cultural studies and examine my own experience of (un)belonging in my art practice. I grew up a child of British expatriates, and a minority on a small Caribbean island.
I spoke with a British accent and ate mostly British food, but danced to calypso music and went to Barbadian schools. If our earliest experiences shape our personalities we carry into adulthood, and Barbados was such an important part of my upbringing, am I considered part of the Caribbean diaspora? Or will I always be viewed as British? Am I either the English cup of tea, or the sugar, both or neither?

While studying for the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Newcastle, England my dual nationality made me more perceptive to cultural iconography as I examined implied truths. Motifs surrounding heritage and nostalgia were rearranged to create subversive narratives. In Bimshire Series the green monkey of Barbados became a trickster figure juxtaposed within British landscapes and the iconic British telephone box found itself dangling nonsensically from the roots of Barbados’ bearded fig tree. This series of paintings drew inspiration from contemporary painters such as Dexter Dalwood and Peter Doig.

Mixed media was another way of coming to terms with this conflict of national identity, of rearranging symbols and searching for new truth. I created "Slippery Dame" upon researching the sordid past of Lady Mosley; Margaret Thatcher became my "La Diablesse", and Queen Elizabeth II proudly sat as a decorative head of state in “Peacock Queen”. For the mixed media collection I referenced Victorian botanical illustrators such as Marianne North for use of colour and subject matter, as well as the works of British illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and textile designer William Morris. The Master Degree culminated in an installation called 'Contrapuntal' showcasing hand-painted prints on free-standing walls.