The H. Hargrove Studio, Toms River www.HHargrove.com
Twenty-two-year-old Nicolo Sturiano came to the U.S. in 1964 as a Sicilian wine specialist, but the rural American scenery seduced him into a career in art. Under the nom de plume of H. Hargrove, Sturiano has grown into an American treasure, with over one million works sold to date. An optimistic outlook permeates his works, whether allegorical inventions, still lifes, country barns, imaginary scenes, seascapes, landscapes, or other subjects. At heart, all of his paintings express an unshakable confidence in the essential goodness and the strength of the human spirit. Sturiano’s talent, eye for color and composition, skill, and hard work brought him many honors, including television and radio appearances on national news programs and commissions that include commemorative paintings for the Atlanta Olympic Games and the Women’s World Cup Soccer Tournament.