Harriet Lacey is a Suffolk based fine artist specialising in creating artwork in Watercolour and Polychromos Pencil, whilst occasionally using Graphite or Charcoal mediums. She has a passion for art, especially when creating wildlife artwork. She particularly enjoys creating bespoke artwork of loved pets, as the joy it brings to the recipient is one that cannot be replicated in any other way. If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to get in touch, or visit the Commissions page for more information.
Harriet creates her pieces using Watercolour and Polychromos Pencil, resulting in pieces which have elements of both fluidity and detail which is unique to Harriet’s style. The latest of these can be viewed in the Gallerypage. The use of colour plays an important role in Harriet’s artwork and is what gives it that recognisable flair.
Born in April 1995, I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I mainly work in Watercolour, often combined with Polychromous Pencils, but have also used Graphite, Pastels and Watercolour Pencils to create my pieces. Being a Watercolour Artist herself, my Nanna taught me a lot of what I know, giving me hints and tips which have stuck by me ever since. My Dad also helped me learn to draw from a very young age, and we spent a lot of time making pictures together. I am now never happy with a piece unless my Dad is happy with it.
I took Art as a subject at GCSE, where I received the “Stanton Prize For Art”, as well as taking it at A-Level, where I received my first commissions after completing my exam piece in my first year. Upon completion of my second year of A-levels, I received the “Young Arts Award 2013” from the East Suffolk Design And Fine Art Society.
I started to create my own artwork to exhibit and sell in July 2013 and display work in local exhibitions throughout the Summer months, information for which can be found on my Facebook page. I enjoy painting animals, whether they are local wildlife or more exotic creatures, and I try to recreate the different textures in their fur or feathers. I am inspired by the small details observed when examining a subject, things often missed at first glance. I enjoy combining this with the sense of freedom which watercolour paint can provide. In a piece of work, I aim to capture the natural state of the subject, whether it be in motion or resting, whilst adding my own interpretation which I hope to be recognisable.
More recently I have started to create aviation pieces, which brings a new challenge to my Art. The differences in textures between an animal and a plane are extreme, but I hope to portray the same level of detail and freedom which my style entails.
I also enjoy creating Pet Portraits. Being able to create a painting of an animal so close to someone’s heart, to be in their lives forever, is a wonderful opportunity. Information regarding my Pet Portraits can be found in the Commissions section of my website.
I am currently working with the European Medical Journal in Chelmsford as an Editorial Administrator, having achieved a Distinction in my MSc Clinical Microbiology degree at the University of Nottingham, and a First in my BSc Bio-veterinary Science degree at the University of Lincoln. I now spend the majority of my free time still creating paintings, as it is what I love.