GLENNA HARTMANN (1948-2008)

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Glenna Hartmann (1948-2008)

Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1948, Hartmann started drawing and painting at an early age. She began her formal study at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was guided and inspired by her mentors there: Arthur De Costa, Will Barnet, Dan Miller and Marshall Glasier. At the end of her time there, she was awarded a traveling scholarship which allowed her seven months of independent study in Europe.

 

After her studies abroad she moved to Southern California in 1975, her focus on figurative work, portraiture and animals gradually shifted to pure landscape. She fell in love with Santa Barbara and moved her work there. In 1986, Harmann and her group of artist friends formed an outdoor painting group dedicated to raising funds from their art exhibitions for local environmental causes. Today, nationally recognized for their preservation efforts, the Oak Group has donated over $800,000. to groups such as The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Center, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Channel Islands National Park and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.

 

Hartmann continued to live and work in Santa Barbara but made frequent painting trips to Northern California, the Southwest, Santa Cruz Island, and a favorite Santa Ynez location, Rancho San Fernando Rey. 

 

In 1997, she was invited to stay and paint at the Forbes' Chateau de Balleroy in Normandy with twenty other artists. The work produced was later featured in "American Artist Magazine" and the Forbes Galleries in New York. She has also enjoyed the camaraderie of painting with other artists on a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and recently in Yosemite Valley. 

 

Her pastel work has been featured in art magazines as well as several books: 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists by Katchen; Ranchos, Santa Barbara Gardens and The Santa Clara Valley. She passed away in Santa Barbara in 2008.

 

Biography adapted from the Coleman Fine Art biography.

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