Harriet was born and raised in rural North Carolina, one of eight girls and three boys. All grew to adulthood, except one girl who died as a toddler. Reading and artistic expression were greatly encouraged in the family, resulting in a strong imagination that enabled Harriet to create with hand and mind.
She cuts directly from her imagination, without patterns or sketches—her work greatly influenced by the experiences of her childhood. Her favorite cuttings illustrate scenes familiar to rural America; often presenting the world from a child’s eyes.
Cutting stories from paper has always come easy to Harriet, which is obvious to those who have seen her exhibit. Her husband Lawson was a natural paper cutter as well, and they traveled to arts and crafts shows along the East Coast for more than three decades; demonstrating their unique interpretation of Scherenschnitte to thousands.