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.
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.
also illustrated independently for publications
- and in this way produced approximately
twenty paintings which were used as cover
art for the Dell Publishing Companys
LONE RANGER comic book series, generally signed Hank Hartman. In addition
to his strong work in illustration, Hartmans
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 Americas
Whos Who for over 30 years. Hartmans
charcoal portraits were proudly presented
by the CS & S at the Waldorf Astoria
in NYC during monthly luncheons honoring
the special guests which included Presidents
of the United States, sports heroes, actors,
writers, musicians and other American celebrities.
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