Hartman was born in 1950 in Ontario. He had his first one man show in 1979,
taught painting part-time at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario and since
then, has worked as an artist full-time.
His work follows the great Canadian
landscape tradition established by the Group of Seven and later by David Milne,
as they all explored the Georgian Bay region and were profoundly influenced by
its natural beauty. He has gained an international reputation for his
compelling aerial urban landscapes. His panoramic exploration of cities brings
our contemporary human footprint on the land into clear focus. His expressive
paintings and prints are often narrative and push the boundaries of the medium
in honest yet inventive ways. They also reveal a love of the land, which lies
at the very essence of his work.