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Claudia Hartley

Claudia Hartley

Claudia  was born in California, but raised in Kentucky and Georgia.  From the time she was old enough to hold something in her hand, she 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. 

She has enjoyed a successful career far from the Southeast, earning a BFA degree as an honor graduate in 1967 from the University of Georgia.  She became a well-known artist and art teacher in Atlanta.  Drawn by the light and the "wildness" of the Southwest,  she moved to Phoenix Arizona and lived there 18 years, and enjoyed the desert settings.  Claudia’s enthusiasm for the Southwest is very apparent in the exuberant acrylic paintings she creates can best be described as "happy".  


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


Marigold Arts, Santa Fe NM

Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona



Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 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 landscapes.)

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 local Television Art Show, Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County Parks Department art teacher, Atlanta, Georgia