Caroline and Laurie Hart are excited to announce the official launch of their new online art shop “Hart Art”, born from the unusual combination of their longtime love of the arts and building a tiki bar.
Together they hit upon the idea of “HART ART” combining their talents to create unique, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of art, with wide ranging subjects, from nature to fantastic fantasy, each in their own distinctive artistic style.
Caroline studied art in England, taking many college courses from the history of art, portraiture, to graphic design, and photography. Her art skills have also included set design for theatrical productions, as well as carnival floats and murals.
“My first love was always art; from the youngest age I would spend hours engrossed in any form I could put my hands on. As I got older, I revered the impressionists, I especially admired the French artist, Claude Monet. I absolutely loved visiting his exquisite house and gardens in Giverny, France, and saw for myself why he was so inspired by their outstanding beauty.” Explains Caroline.
“When I was at school I would much prefer to be sketching in my rough book, rather than taking notes in the classroom. I started sketching famous people and then I found friends wanted to buy my drawings, I was only selling them for 10 pence but at that time I thought it was great. I even sent my drawings off to Princess Diana and singer/songwriter Kate Bush and, to my absolute delight, received personal replies of thanks. Now, all these years later, it is so wonderful to finally be fulfilling my dream of being a fulltime artist creating pieces of art people can fall in love with and hang in their homes.”
Laurie is an award-winning photographer and has always had an eye for detail, her outstanding work was featured on the BBC, after she was the official photographer for a humanitarian trip to India.
Faces of India - Photographs by Laurie Hart
“I believe life isn’t about the big picture, it’s all the little pieces along the way that tell the story. I love yard sales and thrift shops, finding that piece of wood that once lived a life elsewhere and give it a new lease on life”. The technique I use for de stressing the wood, begins with choosing the right grit of sandpaper and work it until I’m satisfied with the aging results.” Says Laurie.
The process starts with Laurie sanding each piece of pine and Caroline handcrafting the edges, next, they start throwing ideas around for a concept then Caroline sketches the outline and paints the original picture.
The next step Laurie destresses each piece of wood, giving it an aged look, followed by the perfect finishing touches, which in some cases involves adding sand for an extra effect. All Hart Art pieces are given a protective coating and twisted sisal rope, ready for hanging.
“With every piece we aim to capture the atmospheric beauty in life that surrounds us, from nature and wildlife, depicting creatures in their own habitat, and, in some cases, putting them in fun or fantasy settings. With our scenic views we want to take you to almost feel the breeze from the ocean, or the warmth from the sun going down on the lake. Our artwork can bring back memories of good times shared, trigger the start of a dream yet to be lived, or just simply put a smile on your face.” Says Laurie.
“It has been heartwarming how much people have been enjoying our art, we've even had people wanting to buy a pieces before they were finished. We're extremely grateful for the lovely feedback we have received from people happy with their latest purchase.” Explains Caroline.
Titled - Evening at the Lake
"Thank you Caroline and Laurie, your painting of Hartridge Landings brought new hope and lifetime peace to my heart . Forever grateful."
Titled - Peaceful One
Let us put a creative spin on your idea!
We have already taken an eclectic mix of commissions, from cats at the lake to hairdresser’s tools and sea turtles, to name just a few and we would be happy to consider
your idea for a commissioned piece of our one-of-a-kind creations
Titled - Cats Gone
Titled - Cats Gone Fishing
"Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family member, or the perfect addition to your home, you can be sure of its originality from us and we would greatly value your custom."