The artist at work,
Beavertail in Jamestown, RI
5:20 Collectors Tour
Barbara Harris is a lawyer and an artist. She began her career teaching art in the Massachusetts public schools, teaching art history at Westfield State College and Boston University, and by drawing and painting as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts.
Her second career as a lawyer brought her to Rhode Island where, after a federal law clerkship, she entered private practice. She lives in Providence with her husband and family, continuing to paint almost daily, while serving on many boards of organizations, most recently as the President of the Rotary Club of Providence.
Barbara Harris notes that art should engage the viewer by making a personal contact. Something that is lovely, balanced, interesting, and transcendent. She prefers to work in oil paint because its intrinsic qualities convey a vibrant personality and develop color through glazes and texture.
She paints familiar scenes in an abstracted manner, either outdoors or in her studio, from novel perspectives. Her work is exhibited throughout New England. She strives to create work that imparts joy and beauty, and that engages the viewer in the mystery of an image, recognizable – yet – evocative, offering a visual pleasure that transcends simple observation and that opens the spiritual door of heightened reality.
B.A. Art and Art History 1971
University of Massachusetts:
Graduate Art Program- Painting 1974-76
M.A. Art History 1979
Suffolk University: J.D. Law 1983
Boston Public Schools Certified Art Teacher K-12 1972-73
Westfield State College: Assist. Professor of Art History 1973-77
R.I. Federal Bankruptcy Court: Law Clerk, Justice Arthur N. Votolato, Jr. 1983-85
Private Law Practice: General practice of law and litigation