Groth Winery 36x48" original oil painting by Don Hatfield
The Romance of Napa is captured by renowned Napa Valley artist Don Hatfield in Groth Winery 36x48" original oil on canvas.
Don Hatfield was born on May 16, 1947 in Long Beach, California. There, he studied philosophy, theology, and literature and it was not until he met the well-known portraitist, Charles Cross, that he began to explore his talents as a painter. Impressed with the "innate color sense" Hatfield displayed in the soft pastel colors of his oil paintings, Cross encouraged "Don to become his protege".
Two years of study with Cross was not enough to convince Don to focus all his energy on art. He abandoned his short career in art to pursue a career in ministry. However, 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 he diligently worked and perfected the style that we recognize today.
Hatfield talks about himself