In Memoriam Lee Hartman

Lee, we will miss you.

Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman

1933 – 2011

We lost a special friend in January.

Lee Hartman was an artist, a teacher, and a wonderful friend. Not only did she inspire Loni to paint and to create, but she was a profound influence on all of those around her, in particular her students who loved being taught by Lee. She was extremely generous with her time and energy with the community.

I’ll never forget getting a big fat kiss on the forehead each time we arrived at art class — the makeup marks would remain with me through the day, without me realizing. She was extremely supportive of us filming the class for the Artist Diaries episodes where her lively personality and warm spirit are immediately evident.

A memorial will be held at University Art, where she used to teach.

Lee, we will miss you.

Lee Hartman Memorial

February 20, 2011

1:30 – 4:30

University Art, 456 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA

Harriet Jakovina
2002
“I returned to oil painting after a long absence. Looking for a private teacher, I walked into a restaurant in which Lee Hartman and her students where hanging their work. What impressed me was the diversity of the work I saw. It was obvious that Lee was a gifted teacher. I started with Lee knowing I needed a lot of work on my color mixing and brush work. Lee has been able to improve my skills in the year I have been painting with her.”

Hal Silver
2002
“If you want to learn to paint, Lee can teach you. In the eighteen months that I’ve come to her class, I’ve learned a great deal more than I ever thought I would. Lee has a lot of talent and will share it with you”.

Alice Chang
2002
I am from Taiwan and on vacation, visiting family in San Jose, CA. While visiting University Arts I saw one of Lee’s oil painting classes and decided to give it a try. I started on July 9 and paint with Lee three times a week. I am now working on my third painting (see left). I will be here until mid-August, but I am planning on coming back next summer on vacation and to paint with Lee. I have really been enjoying myself. Lee is a good instructor who knows where you go wrong and gets you re-directed in the right direction.

Thanh Lequang
2002
“Lee is my first teacher in oil paint. I’ve learned a lot from her. Even though I’ve done portraits with soft pastel, this oil painting training has been a total different perspective and experience to me. Lee is certainly a great teacher!”

Hal Silver
2002
“If you want to learn to paint, Lee can teach you. In the eighteen months that I’ve come to her class, I’ve learned a great deal more than I ever thought I would. Lee has a lot of talent and will share it with you”.

Kay Bandera
2002
“I have been taking painting classes from Lee Hartman for the last five years. Lee is an extraordinarily talented and gifted artist and instructor. She can teach anyone to paint who has the desire to learn and the tenacity to stay with her for a reasonable period of time. I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege to study painting under the direction of a wonderful human being and fabulous artist like her.”

Sharon Hartnett
2002
“I have always wanted to learn to paint with oils. I found Lee’s painting classes in spring 1999. I painted with Lee for about six months and then life got in the way. In the summer of 2001 I decided to start back and hoped that Lee was still teaching. Luckily she was and so I started painting with her again in September 2001. Lee is a gifted artist, painter and teacher. She challenges you to extend yourself and develop your talents. Anyone with the desire to paint, should take lessons with Lee.”

Ramona Heimlich
2002
“I have been oil painting with Lee Hartman for seven years. She is the most inspiring teacher I have ever had. I wanted a teacher to push my creative button and teach me correct ‘Old Master’ techniques with discipline. I love painting animals and now I am stretching my skills in portrait painting. Lee is an excellent artist and teacher.”

Kay Bandera
2002
“I have been taking painting classes from Lee Hartman for the last five years. Lee is an extraordinarily talented and gifted artist and instructor. She can teach anyone to paint who has the desire to learn and the tenacity to stay with her for a reasonable period of time. I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege to study painting under the direction of a wonderful human being and fabulous artist like her.”

Kelly
“Dear Lee,
Hello from New York! I hope all is well with you! I miss you and wish that we lived closer so that I could take more lessons from you. You most certainly have a gift, not only for painting, but for being an excellent teacher. People love to hear about my picture and the teacher who helped me with it! I think of you often. You are always in my prayers.

Love Kelly”

Heidi's Shoes by Lee Hartman 1984 Oil on canvas, 24 x 36
Heidi's Shoes by Lee Hartman 1984 Oil on canvas, 24 x 36

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  • Karin

    What a gifted artist and teacher she was. She will be greatly missed.

  • Katie

    Lee was my art teacher for about 6 years ago when I was in high school. She completely changed my life and taught me all the important things I know about painting. I am hoping to get my masters in painting and continue to paint for the rest of my life. I will always remember her. Thank you for posting this video and post!

    • So nice of you to share that with us Katie. We miss her a lot. And she forever changed our lives too, as Loni continues to pursue her oil painting dream!