The Little Red Bush
Harriet Randall Lumis (1867-1953) was born in the village of Salem, Connecticut. She began drawing and painting at a young age. A lifelong adherent to the tenets of Impressionism, Lumis was known for her vividly-colored portrayals of the New England landscape and coastline. In 1892, she married the architect, Fred Lumis, and moved to Springfield, MA. One year later, she enrolled in drawing classes under Mary Hubbard and James Hall and studied painting with Willis S. Adams, an exponent of Tonalism. In 1910 and again in 1911, she worked under another tonalist painter, Leonard Octman, at Mianus, CT.