Teacher, au­thor, artist

Jamaica Gleaner - - PROFILE - Randy Bow­man AS­SIS­TANT LIFE­STYLE ED­I­TOR

PABLO PI­CASSO once said: ‘Ev­ery child is an artist. The prob­lem is how to re­main an artist once he grows up.’ Norma Har­rack had no prob­lem main­tain­ing her artis­tic at­tributes, and to­day her pieces are on dis­play in mu­se­ums around the world.

A wo­man born ‘un­der the clock’, Har­rack re­calls hav­ing a very happy child­hood filled with vivid mem­o­ries of lov­ing, ded­i­cated par­ents and six sib­lings. “Ours was a mil­i­tary fam­ily, my fa­ther an army sergeant ma­jor and my mother the car­ing housewife, provider and ad­viser. Our ex­cur­sions were filled with laugh­ter and dis­cov­ery. As a young child, I was al­ways doo­dling, hence, I had an in­stinc­tive flair for art from a young age. My par­ents sup­ported my ca­reer choice be­cause they recog­nised my pas­sion. Their en­cour­age­ment bol­stered my pur­suit of ex­cel­lence and I en­joyed the sup­port and ad­mi­ra­tion of my sib­lings for the works I crafted.”

Har­rack knows no other way of life, and has ded­i­cated the last 25 years to the cre­ative in­dus­try. “I

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Taino-in­spired pot­tery.

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