Recognized as one of the most innovative impressionists of our time, it is surprising that Don Hatfield did not always dream of being an artist. He studied philosophy, theology, and literature and it was not until he met the well-known portraitist, Charles Cross, that he really began to explore his talents as a painter. Still not convinced after two years of study with Cross that he should focus all of his energy on the world of art, Don abandoned art and pursued a brief career in ministry until his desire to become an artist was too strong to ignore. Moving in 1979 from Los Angeles to New Mexico and then eventually back to Los Angeles, Don diligently worked and perfected his style that we recognize today. His work is traditional in both concept and technique, portraying strong, quiet emotions through subtle, rich textures and warm, inviting hues. This unique impressionistic style has brought him great acclaim in the art world, as well as a solid artistic identity of his own.