CLAUDIA HARTLEY.   I was born in California, but raised in Kentucky and Georgia.  From the time I was old enough to hold something in my hand, I began to draw on anything available: the smooth sand at the beach; the underside of the bark of my native Georgia pine trees; or rocks, using the charcoal leftover from girl scout camp outs.  

I have enjoyed a successful career far from the Southeast, earning a BFA degree as an honor graduate in 1967 from the University of Georgia.  I  became a well-known artist and art teacher in Atlanta.  Drawn by the light and the "wildness" of the Southwest,  I moved to Phoenix Arizona and lived there 16 years, and enjoyed the desert settings.  My enthusiasm for my new home is very apparent in the exuberant paintings and can best be described as "happy".   My paintings reflect my travels around the United States, Provence, Switzerland, Iceland, and Ireland.

I have moved back to the east coast in 2010 to be near my family.  I resided in a beach house on Isle of Palms, and now am living in Charleston, S.C.


B.F.A., University of Georgia, 1967
(Art scholarship, graduated Phi Kappa Phi Honor society)
Commercial Art Certificate, Dekalb Community College, Atlanta, Georgia, 1970's
Teaching certification, Georgia State University, 1988
Studied painting under various well known teachers 1963- to present

Gallery Affiliation and Exhibitions


Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona


Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Foxhall Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Little Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina
Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Barrie Holt Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Auld Alliance Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Tyler White and Compton Gallery, Greensboro, Carolina
Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Kersey's Gallery, Paducah Kentucky
Richard Gurtz Antiques, Highlands, North Carolina
Antique Shop, Carmel, California
Erika Rheade, Ltd., Atlanta, Georgia
High Museum of Art Shop, Atlanta, Georgia
Various other stores, clubs, or galleries in Atlanta, Georgia
Jubilee Cultural Alliance, Atlanta, Georgia
Gallery 300, Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Decorator Showhouse

Commissions, Collections

Collected by Corporations and Individuals nationally and internationally
(Too many to list, as I have painted and sold hundreds of paintings.)
Portrait Commissions throughout the United States


"Western Art Collector", Feb. 2010
"American Art Collector", Feb. 2011
"Southwest Art" Magazine,   June 2009
"American Art Collector" Magazine,  Feb. 2009
"Southwest Art" Magazine  Feb. 2009
"Arizona Republic" Newspaper, Scottsdale insert, article,    Feb 4, 2009
"Phoenix Home and Garden" Magazine   February 2008
"American Art Collector" Magazine   October 2007
"Art News" Magazine   December 2006
"Focus Santa Fe" Magazine   June/July 2006
"American Art Collector"   Magazine    February 2006
"Desert Golf " Magazine   December / January 2006
"Art Life, Arizona"  Magazine, cover artist, 2004
"Trends" Magazine, 2004
"America West Airlines"  Magazine   July 2003
"Southwest Art" Magazine, featured, April, 2003
"Friends of Arizona Cancer Center", poster and invitations, 2003
"Cowboys and Indians" magazine, featured, November, 2000
"Hidden in the Hills", Sonoran Arts League, magazine cover, 1999
"Peek at the Peak" newspaper, Scottsdale, AZ
"Southern Living" magazine, "Idea House" edition, Cover
"Southern Living" magazine, Idea house participant, 1993-1998 in several issues
"Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles", 1995
"Vinings Gazette" newspaper, Vinings, Georgia
"Marietta Daily Journal", Atlanta, Georgia
"Atlanta House and Lifestyles"
Featured advertisements:
"Veranda" magazine, 1992, "Phoenix Home and Gardens", "Southwest Art"
"Western Interiors" magazine, Nov./Dec., 2003
"Creative Ministries", illustrations for teaching series, 1986-1987
"Yearbook, Sports Car Club of America, Inc.", Cover, 1981 and 1982

Teaching and Presentations

Owned and taught, 20 years, Hartley Art Studio, including children, teens, and adults,   with a summer art camp, Atlanta, Georgia
Various painting workshops, including Plein Aire, studio, and figure
Creative Thinking Through Art, workshop for the Arthur Anderson Company, Atlanta,      Georgia
Guest speaker/teacher, Arizona State University
Speaker for Sonoran Arts League, Carefree, Arizona
Featured on a Television Art Show, Atlanta, Georgia
Fulton County Parks Department art teacher, Atlanta, Georgia
High School Art Department
Various primary Schools, including organizing and leading a volunteer art program
for an entire Primary school, PTA programs, Atlanta ,Georgia


Past and Present:
Sonoran Arts League, juried member
Atlanta Portrait Society
Atlanta Artist Club
Vinings Women's Club, chairman, art group

If you are interested in my art please E-mail me.

Claudia Hartley