The Story of H. Hargrove- It began with a gift of colored pencils.
One of Americas most popular living artists, H. Hargrove was born Nicolo Sturiano in Marsala, Italy, in 1941. The gift of a box of colored pencils on his tenth birthday sparked his interest in art, but the pressures of economic practicality led him to pursue a degree in wine chemistry. In 1964, the young Italian immigrated to America and soon accepted a position with a winery in upstate New York.
Art, however, has been never far from Nicolos personal agenda, and weekends would find him painting pictures of the weathered barns and covered bridges that dotted the landscapes of his newfound home. Before long, the winerys management became aware of his talent and decided to display his art in the public tasting room. And when visitors showed more interest in his paintings than the wine, Nicolo knew that it was time to turn his passion into his profession.
In love with America, Sturiano earned his citizenship; enchanted with Americana, he adopted an American pseudonym selected from the phone book under which to paint, H. Hargrove. As his reputation grew, he found himself much in demand for personal appearances (and autograph sessions) before large audiences of art lovers. Subsequently, Hargrove became the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, which in turn led to interviews on radio and television programs both local and nationally. High-level dignitaries and celebrities now number among his following.
Having begun his career by painting Americana, Hargrove has expanded his repertoire to include delicately-detailed still lifes, spectacular European landscapes, and privately-commissioned portraits. His work is collected across America and in Europe, and his collector base is constantly expanding. Renowned as a compelling visual storyteller, a veritable poet with a paintbrush, H. Hargrove epitomizes the quintessential story of the immigrant who achieves success by following and ultimately living his American dream.
Art would not exist if we were not able to express our thoughts and ideas. For me art is a way to share my vision, my interpretation of a place, a color. I continue to find it an inspiration when I notice the way the clouds fill the sky or the way waves hit the sand, or the expression on a strangers face or a child's smile. All moments in our life that would go unnoticed . My paintings are an expression of the world I live in and it's ever changing.
Each new painting I approach with a vision to create and challenge myself while I still utilize the knowledge and techniques I've learned along over the years. I do not limit myself to one style.
Inspiration and ideas change and I want to reflect that in my art.
If a viewer stops for just a moment to view and reflect on a piece I have created, then I have succeeded in my work.