Artist Biography: Since graduating with a dual major in Art and Literature in 1973, Harriet Huss has been a professional artist for over 40 years. Her work has been collected nationally and internationally. She began her art career first as a full time potter for fifteen years, then in 1991 as a featured watercolor artist for Island Art Gallery, Grand Cayman. In 1997, joining with artist friends, she created the Melrose Bay Gallery in the lakeside town of Melrose and served as the Founding Gallery Director for ten years. She helped create the Melrose Open Air Arts event, served as Director and worked to build it into a significant plein-aire event. Taking an active interest in land conservation, she has also organized several fundraisers for environmental organizations.
Harriet shows her work in outdoor festivals as well as galleries and has been a chosen poster artist many times. She created her art business, Melrose Hammock Fine Arts, to market her hand altered archival pigmented ink giclee reproductions. Her award winning and popular images are available in numerous galleries throughout Florida and on her website.
Artist Statement: “After beginning as a watercolor artist for many years, I developed my own unique mixed media technique to achieve luminous color and deeper texture. Combining media provides endless explorations. I utilize materials as diverse as acrylic paint, watercolor, watercolor crayon, pastel and colored pencil in varying combinations, wet and dry, in intense layering.
I also have a series of work incorporating my own photographs as embedded portions of a piece, using a technique that I developed after a lot of experimentation. Artwork for me is about being intuitive and playful. I never know how a piece will turn out and this creates the challenge but also the magic!
Beloved wild places and coastal areas throughout Florida are a source of inspiration for me as well as my family’s acres of wild oak hammock that surrounds my studio. I have explored Florida from North to South and along both coasts. Brilliantly colorful renditions of palms, landscapes and wildlife are my main subjects. I also have a whimsical series that engages my love of dreams and fantasy.
I love my home state and have watched many changes. I try to do my part along with so many other artists to tell a story of the Real Florida. My goal is to evoke a vibrant and enchanting world for you, the viewer, with an added hope that you are moved in your chosen way to protect a fragile and beautiful part of the planet.”