June Monthly Artist Feature- Michael J. Hart
Mike Hart is a fifth-generation Californian born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, where he still lives today.
Mike’s interest in wildlife and the West was part of his family’s heritage. His Great, Great Grandfather was a buffalo hunter and Texas rancher dating back to 1821 before migrating by wagon train to California in 1851. This family background and spending his high school summers working as a ranch hand at his uncle’s cattle ranch in Western Montana helped him develop a more profound interest and appreciation in Western art and history.
For the past 48 years, Mike has been illustrating, painting and sculpting, but he is incredibly proud of his research project on the San Gabriel Mission infrastructure. His research spanned over seventeen years, and his illustrations and mapping took him 3 1⁄2 years to complete. This extensive research and his historical accuracy led to the opportunity of having his own exhibit at the world-renowned Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. These illustrations and maps have been added to the Huntington’s permanent collection and the collection of the San Gabriel Mission and the Old Mill in San Marino. He has received Congressional recognition awards, such as the City and State awards, to contribute to research, documentation, and preserving California’s History for generations to come.
Mike Hart is currently a member of the California Art Club, the National Sculpture Society, and is proudly represented by the Square I Gallery in Claremont, Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, Huntington Library in San Marino, The El Molino Viejo, The San Gabriel Mission, and the Catalina Island Museum.
To view his artwork, visit –> http://www.michaeljhart.com/home/