FASST: Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier

Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier
Promoting the Arts in the Southern Tier of NY

Early American Style Portrait

Oil,  16” x 20”

A plain oak frame was painted and antiqued by the artist to complement the image

Irish Landscape 

0il,  9” x 12”        From a photo by Hall Groat II

Eggs With Tea Pot Lid     

Oil on canvas board, 9" x 12"

Still Life 1        Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Harriet Russell

At the age of 10, Harriet was lucky enough to draw from live models and work with clay at the studio of sculptor Milton Hebald, father of a school friend.  She attended Music & Art High School (NYC), then went to the Skowhegan Art School (Maine) for a summer.  That fall she started at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (Philadelphia), but transferred to the Academia di Brera in Milan (Italy) only a year or so later.  The sudden illness and death of her father brought her home after a year and a half in Italy.

On her return, Harriet found a job doing paintings for Motels and Hotels, and went to the Art Student’s 

League on a sculpture scholarship. While there, she won two purchase prizes in drawing from the Museum of Modern Art, and a second prize in mural painting judged by Henry Geldzahler, then Curator of American Art, NY Metropolitan Musem of Art.

Until a couple of years ago, Harriet did very little 

ne art work after leaving school.  She learned various crafts and worked as a picture framer. 

While looking at early American art, she had the 

idea that people might want themselves and/or their 

children and pets painted in that style.  It’s fun to do, and also gives her the opportunity to do some interesting faux finishes on blank frames.

She enjoys designing surface patterns for fabric and making jewelry in polymer clay.  Much of this can be seen at