Carol Hartman

Abstract landscape artist living in remote mountain town in Montana. Previous life was teaching and directing galleries at California State University Sacramento and CSU Fresno. Extensive solo exhibitions across USA and into Europe. Details available on


LANDSCAPES 2009-2022

Landscapes revealing old homesteads, trails west, and mountains are the main imagery oil painted onto 36” up to 60” Baltic birch panels. Commissions and workshops are also available.

“My Father’s Field” ““My Father’s Field””

Winter is slow leaving Montana. The fields still reveal winter skies, snow covered hills, and snow between the rows of last summer’s crops. The growing season is short. Farmers anxiously await the moment they can get into the fields to plant for the next season’s harvest.
(36”x48” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Glory Land” ““Glory Land””

Trails left by early homesteaders along fence lines in southern Montana still reveal packed ground with little vegetation.
(36”x48” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Searching for Three Buttes” ““Searching for Three Buttes””

My family’s old homesite (before homestead days) was on Hardscrabble Creek near Three Buttes in Montana. This painting reflects my search for the broken down ranching area as it appears today. Homesteading on Gumbo Flats was almost as difficult as Hardscrabble Flats, but the natural corrals provided by Missouri Breaks cliffs kept the cattle safe.
(48”x48” oil on Baltic birch)

“Serenity” ““Serenity””

Hiking from Alpine into the upper drainage into East Rosebud Lake reveals incredible trails overlooking the marshy land below. This is all part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness nature preserve in Montana.
(24”x48” oil on Baltic birch)

“Visions of Winter Mornings” ““Visions of Winter Mornings””

Winter Comes early in the higher mountains as the lower Beartooth Highway remains open for a few weeks more. A drive to Vista Point reveals the changing seasons.
(24”x24” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Snow Melt” ““Snow Melt””

The magic of the Beartooth Highway reveals snow melting on the steep hillsides while skiers are still skiing off the tops of the mountains. Twin Lakes on the valley floor slowly melts where the high elevation sun strikes it.
(24”x24” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“High Mountain Snow” ““High Mountain Snow””

Snow and early morning frost cover the tips of the Absaroker-Beartooth Wilderness as green trees cling to the valley floor. The magic of seasons is always an incredible sight along the Beartooth Highway.
(24”x24” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Sparkling Cascade” ““Sparkling Cascade””

Crystal clear rushing waterfalls are plentiful along the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier Park. On a clear day, one can see the sparkles all the way to the top of the mountain.
(24”x18” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Sunset Over Missouri Breaks” ““Sunset Over Missouri Breaks””

Beautiful sunsets from Haystack Butte overlooking the Missouri River reveal the breaks which provided cliffs for sod homes built into hillsides. Many of the early homesteading families would seek refuge in such hillsides until other homes could be built. This painting is from the end of our family property overlooking the Missouri River.
(48”x48” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Hardscrabble Creek” ““Hardscrabble Creek””

Family photos from the 1800’s show my great grandparents riding in a carriage pulled by horses along this rock formation which was located on their Hardscrabble Creek homestead in northeastern Montana. They ranched the entire drainage of Hardscrabble Creek to the mouth seen here as it enters the Missouri River. Many families went broke during the hard freeze of the winter of 1887/88. My family moved on to Gumbo Flats!
(48”x48” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Evening Glow” ““Evening Glow””

A more pleasant view of Hardscrabble Creek can be seen as the sun sets in the distance. Everything looks better in the evening, so, as my Dad always says, “Never buy land in the evening!”
(48”x48” oil on Baltic birch panel)

“Grasping the Land” ““Grasping the Land””

This Basque family homestead in northeast Montana stood the test of time through many extreme winters. It finally crushed in within weeks of this painting! The hardworking family raised sheep on the surrounding hillsides and sheared them in that little barn to the left of the home. Memories of the smells of baking breads remain forever ingrained in my mind.
(48”x48” oil on Baltic birch)



18"x24" acrylic on panel, selected by THE HAGUE to promote the WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL in Washingnton D.C. November 2023.


48"x30" oil on canvas revealing impression of old buildings I used to "memorize" as a child.


60"x40" acrylic on canvas ... Memories of walking down a gravel road as a child and dreaming of the future, clouded by what I am walking through but always hopeful.


60"x40" oil on canvas ... Memories of Charlie Creek flooding as my brother and I would struggle though the frozen snow banks and cross the walking bridge over Charlie Creek, as the ice was breaking up beneath us Mom was always frightened for our safety!


48"x30" mixed media on canvas ... Along our 5 acre garden we had a couple old cottonwood trees that I use to climb up into and pretend i had different rooms and a kitchen and living room. I would just sit up there for hours and dream of what the future might hold!


40"x30" oil on canvas .. My impression of the outside world encroaching upon the peacefulness of living in such a pacified rural home, yet excited about what that encroaching world might hold for me and my future.


40"x30" oil on canvas ...Veering off into the distance, and through the trees, we were always cognizant of possible encroaching storms, yet we could see the hopefulness of the daylight streaming through and knew that eventually life was going to turn out just fine.


48"x30" oil on canvas ... As the spring begins to break up the winter snow banks, the danger of flooding creeks was always a possibility. Dad was always attempting to be prepared for the worst as the streams overstook the banks of Charlie Creek.