Red Squirrel Design was founded by Harriet Taylor-Thorpe, a long
time resident of Boston. She has worked in the field of decorative
painting since the early 1990s, in both private homes and public
After spending her childhood in an artistic
island community in Florida, Harriet and her family moved to Fairfield
County, Connecticut. Then she headed north to Boston to attend the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
During her studies, she became intrigued by
the fine oil painting techniques of the old masters which included
egg/oil emulsion, underpainting, glazing, mosaic, fresco, and egg
Always one to find inspiration around her, Harriet
had her first encounter with decorative painting during a visit
to New York City in the 1980s. She met the owner of a decorative
finish shop in the West Village and was fascinated by her methods
and techniques — and by the transformative properties of something
as "simple" as paint.
After a period spent restoring antique furniture,
Harriet spent ten years working as a decorative painter in the greater
Boston area. She founded Red Squirrel Design in 2001.