Harriet Bellows was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Wake Forest, NC. She received a BFA and an MFA from The College of Art and Design at Alfred University, NY. Upon graduating she established and operated a clay studio for ten years in Alfred, NY. During that period her work was selected for permanent collection by the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Luce Foundation, D.C. and the Mint Museum’s Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection of Charlotte, NC.
In 1980 she became interested in aviation and closed her studio to pursue a thirty year career as a professional pilot. In 2010 she retired from flying and reestablished a full-time studio. Since her return to painting she has exhibited in numerous national exhibitions.
Bellows experience with clay gave her the opportunity to develop a sense of structure and volume while her career in aviation expanded her sense of space and line within this unique environment. She is primarily noted for her abstract paintings and collages that reflect this combined history.