Harriet Dobbins


Harriet is basically a self-taught artist. She learned perspective from architecture classes at the University of Florida. She has also taken a few art classes in oils and watercolors over the years. When she started using pastels in 1996, she fell in love with this medium. She has participated in juried art shows all over the country including the Artist Magazine’s juried show and has won awards in many of these shows. She has paintings in private collections in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

She teaches pastel classes at the Huntsville Art League and loves being able to share the joy that art brings to her life. She says, “Art is like instance yoga meditation….. you start painting and you’re lost in your own creation”.

Harriet loves nature and enjoys painting wildlife and wildflowers. She believes that they matter, but since they cannot speak for themselves, she tries to let their voices be heard in her paintings.

She likes to paint the micro or close up view of things and finds the beauty in the small things that sometimes are not noticed by others. Hiking is an avid pass time and she has hiked many miles on Monte Sano, and has painted many of the wildflowers she has seen on the mountain. Harriet loves to be outside, and her paintings are really the story of her life and the things that she loves to do.