Clinton T. Hobart
Clinton T. Hobart was born in
Philadelphia, grew up in New Jersey and studied Fine Arts and figure
drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While still in
high school he received private drawing lessons from family friend Milt
Neil, Disney’s “Duck Man”. Milt acquired this title for his work on many
of the WWII Donald Duck cartoons including the now famous Der Fuehrer's
While in his junior year at SVA, Clinton was invited to
participate in an internship with Walt Disney Feature Animation known as
“Disney Boot Camp” The following year, a mentorship with the same
While in art school Clinton would spend most of his
free time attending life-drawing sessions at Spring Studio. "I believed
then, and believe still, that excellent life drawing skills are
prerequisite to the creation of any great artwork." He attributes the
character he strives for in his still-life paintings to the years of
studying figure drawing.
After graduation Clinton moved to Scottsdale, Arizona
and began teaching classes at Scottsdale Artist’s School. He
has been teaching consistently ever since. Most recently, he taught two
workshops at the Brisbane Artist’s Academe in Australia.
Clinton has always been a fan of the movies and acting
and often imagines that the objects in his still-lifes are actors on a
"The story behind many of my paintings is that the objects are finished
with their performance and are taking a bow, which is why they are lined
up on stage."
Clinton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the
School of Visual Arts in NY. He also spent five summers as assistant to
Portrait Artist Daniel Greene. His first portrait sale was of Avignon
Greene to his teacher.
Clinton’s work is currently being shown in many private
collections, both national and international. He is represented by
Scottsdale Fine Art in Arizona as well as several other galleries. He is
a member of The Portrait Society of America, The Salmagundi Club, The
Artist’s Fellowship, The International Guild of Realism, and The
Ridgewood Art Institute.
His collectors include CEO's, actors and actresses,
several well-known artists, prominent businessmen and women, and
government officials including the mayor of Greenwood Lake, NY. Clinton
teaches painting and drawing workshops across the world and was featured
in the February 2009 issue of American Artist magazine. In 2011 he will
be featured in the “Best Of Artists’ Annuals”.
"Take your work, but never yourself seriously" - Chuck Jones