Bella_Harris_Art_With hair like flowersTell us about what you do and how you got started.
I grew up around artists and photographers and always appreciated the view through the camera lens, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I started drawing. I saw a shoe design contest and was intrigued to see what would happen.  With perseverance and a lot of dedication, I’ve learned to further develop my skill while working with a variety of artistic mediums. Now I just can’t stop.

Where does your inspiration for your art stem from?
I take inspiration from everything, especially incorporating a romantic macabre into my work. Dreams, off kilter beauty, fragility, troubled emotions and haunting memories play key roles in where I decide to take each piece. It can be as simple as a walk through my rose garden or ruminating over dusty antiques while crafting stories of their once upon a time existence. Bella_Harris_Artwork-2-Do you try to convey an emotionally driven piece every time you create something new?
I definitely want and hope that each piece will possess presence and ultimately convey some sense of what I’m feeling. It’s important to me that viewers of my work experience my personal expression… but then again, there are times when I’ll do a speed painting and it literally means that I did a speed painting.BellaHarrisArtPhotograpy2What have you learned about yourself as an artist when it comes to self-awareness? For a long time, I didn’t identify with my creative voice. I was freshly learning and without structured skill. Even though I’m still the neophyte artist, in 2010 and 2011 everything felt like doodles. Now, I’m coming into my own, experimenting, expressing confidence and understanding not only my ability to interact honestly through and with my creations but also how to convey my individuality with each piece.

Petal Lightly Series: Palm Reader & The Memory was especially captivating. Tell us about the creative process behind these photos. Some dreams make you feel like you’re never going to wake up and one night I’d dreamt of a beautiful dying light that was barely visible through a heavy lace veil. Everything smelled like roses.  It was incredibly haunting and I wanted to express a lighter overall feeling experienced in those moments of sleep.BellaHarrisArtHow would you describe your sense of style?
It’s very individualized and really just a recipe of several things. I don’t follow trends quite as much as I used to, so I wear what I like and what works with my body type. Bohemian styles, peter pan collars on everything, gypsy skirts with packer boots, lacey things, vintage finds, prairie ruffles, bellbottoms, converse with boyfriend jeans… the list is never-ending and pretty much all thrown into an untroubled collection in my dressing room.

BellaHarrisArtPhotography4How has fashion influenced your creations and photography? In the beginning, I was painting bloggers and sketching fashion relative illustrations and even though my work is progressing into different styles and directions, it’s still easy to muse over all that beauty. There’s an unstoppable cornucopia of inspiration billowing out from that industry so, at times, I’ll integrate fashion into certain portraits.

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Photos:  Interview: Kathleen Cerrer


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