||Career, Rommce, md Fmdy floating on the top, - dead. How I did bless that system of drawing! " EARLY DAYS The tendency of this chip came from both sides of the fam- ily. My mother's family had an ability in a dramatic line and my father was handy with the brush and pencil. The combina- tion of the two temperaments resulted in handing to me my mode of expression and I cannot remember when I was not try- ing to draw.47 Through my youth it was the same story that has often been told. "Too much time wasted," was the criticism of the teachers where the three "R's" were the requisites of learning. I can well remember the time I was held up before the school as a "time waster." During the years of my development from a very young creature there was much that blazed the way to my needs in 46 Harwood is speaking of a mechanical drawing system some individuals were attempting to impose upon the training of art students in the public schools. Edwin Evans fought for three years against it and won, thanks to Harwood's refusal to sanction the textbook. 47 There are a number of statements that augment this reference to a family artistic heritage. Horne wrote "Harwood's parents took leading parts in the dramatic efforts of the neighborhood . . . . Of the Harwood boys James turned to paint and brush, Don Valentine to literature, and Fred to music; all three brothers possessed creative power." Horne, Derotees, 5 1. Concerning J. T's parents' dramatic efforts, along with those of members of his mother's family, Gardner wrote "It was during the winter of 18565 5 that the amusement-loving nature of the people took definite form in the organization of the first home dramatic association of Lehi. Of this association, Thomas Taylor was president and James W. Taylor, stage manager. These two, with the following, put on the first performances: William W. Taylor, . . . James Har- wood, . . . George Coleman, . . . Oscar Taylor, Mrs. Ann Taylor, . . . Mrs. James W. Taylor," Gardner, History of Lehi, 95-96. Harwood's father had theatrical interests of the visual artist for the most part, and he seems quite important in the development of his son's earliest draw- ing and painting inclinations. "James' father was a harnessmaker, storekeeper, and theatre designer . . . . As a boy, James constantly drew the farmyard animals, his schoolmates, and the country landscape." Harwood, "National Cyclopedia," 1. His daughter wrote "as a school boy [J. T.] felt the urge to express in beauty. His first efforts were in drawing the farmyard animals, and his father encouraged him and helped him in the work." Hnrwood Art Exhibition, 3.