Dwayne Harty2013 Artist
2013 Artwork Coming Soon
About the Artist
Dwayne Harty often accompanied his father on camping trips, immersing himself in wilderness and wildlife as a youth. He studied at the Art Students League of New York, followed by a four-year apprenticeship in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Western master Robert Lougheed, who encouraged him to work directly from life. Harty's painting style is a subtle blend of realism and impressionism, concentrating on shifts of reflected light and mood. He was chosen as the 2011 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Featured Artist.
What artist inspires you? Why?
The era of the American Renaissance particularly inspires me. With extraordinary technical facility grounded in the mastery and discipline of the past they redefined the American aesthetic. These artists, independent of genre, sought to broaden their contributions through the pursuit of identifiable and varying individual styles and conceptual approaches. This was an era that combined complete mastery of mediums in all of their applications and highly individual visions grounded in the universal aesthetics of studying nature and being able to draw, paint, and sculpt from life.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
For me the idea for a painting can come from many different sources: from realism to abstraction, from direct observation to imagination, from emotive response to a literal contemplation. Most often it is a combination of all of these acting as a kind of personal "conversation" with the painting process and the aesthetic concerns acting as the cornerstone.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
Recently in New York City at The National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club. Also in particular the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Hispanic Society of America.