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Mother's Joy by Don Hatfield, Original Contemporary American Beach Painting

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'Mother's Joy' is a medium size oil painting created by American contemporary artist Don Hatfield in the 21st century. Featuring an exquisite palette made of blue, purple, pink, white, yellow and orange tones, this painting touches us with its heartwarming scene. Strolling along a beach, their bare feet about to be caressed by the small white waves of the ocean, a mother and child are savoring the simple yet profound joy of spending time together. Her face hidden under a ribbon-tied hat, the mother is extending her arm backwards as her son is slowing down his pace, his eyes focused on the ground. She is holding a wicker basket, possibly dedicated to the seashells that they may be gathering. The result is one of touching simplicity, with its tender depiction of a mother and child enjoying together the beauties of nature. Unframed, this Don Hatfield contemporary oil painting is signed lower right. Don was born on May 16, 1947 in Long Beach, California. He did not always dream of being an artist. He studied philosophy, theology, and literature. It was not until he met the well known portraitist, Charles Cross, that he really began to explore his talents as a painter. Cross was impressed with Don's "innate color sense" that was displayed in the soft pastel colors of his oil paintings. Cross encouraged Don to pursue his talents by becoming his protégée. Two years of study with Cross was not enough to convince Don to focus all of his energy on the world of art. He abandoned his short career in art to pursue a career in ministry. However, his desire to become an artist was too strong to ignore. In 1979, on the advice of the premier portrait painter Ray Kinstler, Hatfield moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to pursue painting once again. Hatfield eventually moved back to Los Angeles to fulfill his creative potential under the master tutelage of Sergei Bongart, who had a tremendous influence on him. "He was a wonderful presence and a great teacher," says Don. It was during this time with Bongart that Don diligently worked and perfected his style that we recognize today. Don is inspired by the works of Edward Henry Potthast, William Glackens, Maurice Prendergast, Joaquin Sorolla, and John Singer Sargent. In his development as an artist, Don had the added influence of modern cinematic interpretation. Affected by the new mastery of color on film, in advertising and television, he felt a need for a more intoxicating light, another dimension to the beach attraction. Seeking truth in paint itself, he documented that fleeting essence of the tender, the humorous, the enchantment of a special moment in time.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 40 in. x D 1 in.H 76.2 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Seller Reference Number
    RR115
  • Reference Number
    LU835912437131
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