Artist of the Week 34
While many of his extraordinary works are portraits, David Hatfield is also a highly accomplished plein air painter. Using masterful brushwork reminiscent of the early American impressionists, he creates windows into the idyllic countryside and other hidden corners of nature. He captures rural villages and farms of upstate New York and New England, as well as the quaint seascapes and towns of the coasts of the region.
Hatfield’s sensitive portraits are also greatly admired. Painting outdoors year-round in the varied weather of the northeastern United States, Hatfield creates rich impressionistic works often including emotive figures.
Hatfield earned a B.F.A. from Miami University in Ohio and studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. He has won over 100 awards, including the Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design, and is listed in “Who’s Who in American Arts,” “The Dictionary of International Biography,” “Men of Achievement,” and “Artists USA.” Hatfield currently lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York.
Hatfield started practicing art early on in life, the first painting he made being created in 1952 at the age of 12. During his teenage years, he studied with S. Allyn Schaeffer, and painted in solitude for two weeks at Beals Island Marine at the age of 20 with artist W. Lester Stevens. After receiving his B.F.A., he practiced as an illustrator in New York City.
“I am trying to create a rich painting in which each part is interesting in itself and becomes even richer in its relationship to every other part of the painting. This is a very difficult thing to do, which accounts for history’s few masterpieces and the beauty that these paintings possess. The shapes, forms, colors, and subject matter all combine to form a complex and aesthetically pleasing unit.”
Hatfield is a member of Allied Artists, Hudson Valley Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, and was a member for many years of the Salmagundi Club, American Artists Professional League, and Grand Central American Gallery in New York City. Hatfield has managed his own gallery, given workshops, and demonstrated extensively. His work is in numerous permanent and private collections, including a portrait of Judge Giallardi which hangs in the New York Federal Courthouse in White Plains, New York.
Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by David Hatfield.