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Henry Hartman’s career in art spanned six fascinating decades. Throughout, he both made his living and fulfilled his personal creative vision as a commercial graphic designer, illustrator and fine art painter and drawer.

Hartman was fortunate - indeed - for the opportunity to study formally with one of the top Illustrators of his time - Mortimer Wilson Jr. of New York City. As a result,Wilson invited Hartman to assist him on illustrations for the premier American magazines of the day, including SATURDAY EVENING POST, LADIES HOME JOURNAL, COSMOPOLITAN, and RED BOOK, to name a few.

Hartman also illustrated independently for publications - and in this way produced approximately twenty paintings which were used as cover art for the Dell Publishing Company’s LONE RANGER comic book series, generally signed Hank Hartman. In addition to his strong work in illustration, Hartman’s talent as a portraitist was recognized - leading to over 500 commissioned works. Many were done for an organization known as the Circus, Saints and Sinners, a philanthropic organization which feted America’s Who’s Who for over 30 years. Hartman’s charcoal portraits were proudly presented by the CS & S at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC during monthly luncheon’s honoring the special guests which included Presidents of the United States, sports heroes, actors, writers, musicians and other American celebrities.

Following retirement from his commercial career, he pursued for nearly 20 years his fine art instincts through the landscape, still-life and figure studies which have sold in galleries. towards the end of his life, he returned to his old love - imagery of the American West - and was working on a series of new Lone Ranger paintings.