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Heinie Hartwig became a painter of primarily western subjects although he
also does landscapes and still lifes. The tone of his work is primarily
romantic. He started painting in 1970, working on his art in the evenings,
and a year later quit his job and began painting for a living.
He grew up in the Santa Clara Valley of California, and left for three years
to spend time traveling through Europe with the Army. He was in Germany as
the Berlin Wall went up and persuaded his wife, Eva, to leave East Germany
to marry him. Returning to Santa Clara, he worked pouring concrete, and
spent a lot of time running marathons. In 1964 he held the record for long
distance running in Northern California. By 1991, he was in "Who's Who in
Hartwig taught himself to paint by studying the "Old Masters”
and invested much of his time experimenting with their techniques.
He was attracted to the charm and romance of classic art. He has managed to
capture the light, color and style of those great artists.
Through this Hartwig became convinced that strength, durability and long
lasting sharpness of color are created with the use of “Old World” color
Though most of his work has a western theme, Hartwig is a versatile painter.
Many of his paintings are landscapes and still lifes. Heinie Harwig's work has
been compared to Albert Bierstadt and John Constable for its romanticism,
European feel and composition.
The overall results of his experimentation and training have led to numerous
commendations and awards, including the prestigious Triton Museum Competition.
Hartwig’s works are proudly displayed in such venerated institutions as Brigham
Young University, Mills College, The Robert Louis Stevenson School and the
Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies. Many paintings by Heinie Hartwig are
sought after by international collectors.