My paintings define a dialogue between two and three dimensional considerations. I have a background in clay. This material gave me the opportunity to build structures. My discoveries gave me insights into volume and the use of line to define form on a two dimensional surface.

Responding to Wet Paint: I use multiple layers of color within my canvas paintings and my collages. As a result the under layers add a depth and richness to the surface. Frequently I draw lines through wet paint to either emphasize a visual plane or to reveal the color that is underneath a top layer of paint. These lines appear as symbols or marks. This aspect of my work has developed over decades as a personal language.

February 2015

About Harriet Bellows

Harriet Bellows graduated from Alfred University College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Art (1968) and a Masters of Fine Art (1971).  She established and operated a studio for ten years before beginning a thirty year aviation career.  She was a member of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA).  During that period she served as an elected representative, was a trained ALPA Accident Investigator and Critical Incident Response Coordinator and a certified flight instructor.  The transition from her artist’s studio to flying began with an interest in technology.  In 2010 she retired from flying and again established a painting studio as a full time artist in Golden Belt Artists Studios in Durham, NC.


Ms Bellows has been in numerous national and international exhibitions and solo shows.  She is a past member of the Cambridge Art Association of Boston, MA.  Her art is in numerous collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Luce Foundation) Permanent Collection, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian and the Mint Museum (Allan Chasanoff Ceramics Collection) of Charlotte, NC.