From the late 1930s until the end of the 1930s, Harris'
exqusite pastels were among the most admired in the calendar-art
business. Many of her great Art Deco pin-ups effectively
expressed the magic and mystery inherent in the romantic
themes that were so popular during the era. She was particularly
known for spectacular nudes like Golden Dawn (Above,
similar to Psyche)
and Storm Queen, which were kept in
the catalog of the Joseph C. Hoover and Sons calendar company
for seven consecutive years.
Rollins' three pin-ups for the Thomas D. Murphy Company
during the late 1920s aroused the admiration of Rolf
Armstrong, who told the firm's art director that he
envied the brilliant glow and softness of her finished pastels.
Of her pin-ups during the 1930s for the Gertach-Barklow
Calendar Company, the most successful was another nude,
seated in the moonlight on a rock surrounded by deep blue
water (At Water's Edge, 1930, Above).
Harris also did calendar work for Brown & Bigelow, starting
in 1933 with a commission for a sentimental subject entitled
Blue Heaven. She continued to work on such non-pin-up
themes, especially for Hoover, where her series depicting
young girls in idyllic gardens was a great success. Her
original paintings for such images were also executed in
pastels, on stretched canvas; regardless of the subject
matter, her paintings averaged 18 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9
Because of the special softness of Harris' pastels, her
work was extremely popular in the mainstream illustration
and publishing community. Major magazines like The Saturday
Evening Post commissioned her to paint pastel images
for their covers. For many years, she did freelance work
for the Rustcraft and Norcross greeting card companies,
specializing in religious and Christmas subjects.
Undoubtedly the finest female illustrator of the Art Deco
era, Harris had her pin-up nudes and glamour art reproduced
and published on millions of calendars. Her sentimental
non-pin-up subjects enjoyed an equally long life span, being
published in many forms, including puzzles, fans, and decorations
on candy boxes.