Bella Harris

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


St. Louis, Missouri native... born and raised since 1976.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


I grew up among artists and woodworkers, and spent time drawing and painting as a child, but it wasn't until 2010 that I decided ventured into the arts. I think it was only a matter of time.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


David González and Bob Burnquist are among my favorites... plus my boyfriend, Alex Niedt. 


Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


This inspirational list is ever growing...  Rogier van der Weyden, Émile Munier, Salvador Dalì, Karl Hofer, Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Ray Caesar... to name a few.

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


Honestly, I spend most of my time in my art studio. But I also enjoy being yelled at by my cat, and chasing my boyfriend and Chihuahuas around the house.



Who are your biggest influences?


I love every notion and whimsical longing surrounding children's storybook fantasy. The characters and imagery are very influential to me. Lewis Carroll, Tim Burton, C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume, and Tolkien are always nearby.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


Adamantly, I like working with a variety of mediums, including graphite, dried flowers, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, gouache... you name it and I'll probably try it.



Anything else you want to tell?


I'm self-taught with a background in medicine and an Associates of Applied Sciences.  With an emphasis on off kilter realism, my emotionally driven portraits convey a poignant sense of both vulnerability and haunting individuality. Through my growing body of art and photography, I continue to render an interpretatively subtle message of self-awareness and personal reflection alongside the many characteristics of a slightly stranger beauty.