Early on, I loved any art class that had stimulated my imagination. The freedom of expression in the Visual Arts had a particular draw. As my innocence was lost, I entered a period where vices took over my young adulthood.
During my 20s, the focus was working and partying hard. The struggle to find my place in this world left me feeling empty, frustrated, and depressed at times. To break the chains from my libations and the late-night last calls, I divorced myself from the social and worked behaviors that fostered detrimental habits.
I started to go fishing and picked up the brush. I rediscovered my love of painting and naturally spent more time outdoors, landscape painting became therapeutic, and a new appreciation of nature developed.
First Oil Painting 1990
Oil Painting by Virginia Burr Hartle
The death of my Grandmother, Virginia Burr Hartle, whom, in her passing, I inherited an old paintbox it contained her old brushes, paints, and I obtained some of her paintings which further inspired my interest in oil painting. She was a talented painter in oils and watercolor, graduated from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, and taught in the New Jersey public schools. I had admired her works that hung from the walls of my Grandparent's house.
I took my rediscovery and studied the Masters, Monet, Renoir, and Childe Hassam became the most significant influences in my art.
My works are contemporary, primarily impressionistic, with traditional Oils on Canvas. For the most part, subjects centered around nature and landscapes with vivid colors.