MIAMI BEACH, Fla.
- June 15, 2020
-- Port Saint Lucie "dog artist" Skip Hartzell creates large oil paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures inspired by man's best friend. He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters.
Hartzell's art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he's painting or sculpting, Hartzell's dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it's hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that's perfectly okay with Hartzell. He's never been one to place a rope around his artwork.
Whether he's painting or sculpting, Skip's dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it's hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that's okay with Hartzell. He's never been one to place a rope around his artwork.
Skip says whenever he's doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it's paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone's beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.
Though he is talented and infinitely qualified to sculpt and paint any number of things, Hartzell continues to be inspired by the dogs who accompany him on his morning walks, share his studio space and offer love and loyalty. In effect, Hartzell lets them take the leash. "I love where they lead me," he says of how the four-legged friends have helped him become known as "the dog artist."
The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.
"If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell's soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs," said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, commissions, or general inquiries email: skipperhartzell@
yahoo.com and visit https://www.skiphartzell.com/