Katherine Ann Hartley began her artistic studies at Scottsdale Community College. She then studied with John Court in Arizona and Portugal. Solitude, along with Court's instruction, allowed Hartley to focus on, and begin to understand the abstract qualities of light and shadow. At the recommendation of Court, she moved to NYC to study with David Leffel at the Art Students League, and at his studio.
Hartley's paintings are not attempts at exact renderings of the elements before her. With the use of obvious brush strokes and exposing the delicate under painting, she purposefully stops short of photo-realism. Her paintings depict familiar objects and serve to remind us of the beautiful harmonies that can be evoked by simple groupings of everyday things.
Hartley is affiliated with Allied Artist of America, Oil Painters of America and is a life time member of the Art Students League and is the recipient of many awards. She is currently teaching Still Life painting at the Cape Cod Museum Of Art and was featured in the January 2007 issue of American Artist magazine.