Hugh Seward Hirtle
Hugh Seward Hirtle
Illustrator & Fine Artist, Devoted
Husband and Friend
Family, friends, and colleagues mourn the passing of Hugh Hirtle on Monday, May 14, 2012, at his home in Silvermine, following a short illness.
Born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1934, Hugh began his prolific creative career where from the age of 6 through 17 years he was an invited guest of Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh Museum and Carnegie Tech participating in drawing, sculpture, and painting classes. He graduated from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1955. His fine arts degree led him to a long career with IBM Office Products, New York. He established his own fine arts studio in the late 1970's, first in Greenwich, CT and later in Norwalk, CT. Hugh created editorial illustrations for international publications and advertising agencies in New York and Connecticut.
Always grateful for his God-given gift to draw and paint, Hugh's love of nature proved to be his constant inspiration. His portrayal of wildlife and ability to capture the human spirit through portraiture emerged as his most captivating and enduring works; they may be found in galleries and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Hugh is survived by his wife Barbara Kingsley Hirtle of Silvermine; his daughters Jamela Beyerle, of Lititz, PA, and Stephanie Hirtle of New York City; his sister, Natalie Osborne, of Boca Raton, FL,; his son-in-law, Scott Beyerle, granddaughter, Kathleen Beyerle; his grandson, Scott Beyerle, Jr. of Lititz, PA; and extended families throughout the country.
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Published by The Hour on May 25, 2012.
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I will always remember Hugh's extraordinary talent and kindness. He was a gift to the world.
Leslie Cullen
June 7, 2012
Hugh was a legend to all of us who knew him. His work, friendship and personality will be missed by many....I remember times with him, and am lucky enough to have a few of his paintings. My thoughts go out to his family and close friends.
Cindy Wieting
June 7, 2012
May he rest in peace. He will be missed.
Lucy McDonald
May 29, 2012
I just happened to purchase a print of his EAGLE today for a dear friend and patriot. I went online to learn about the artist and found this tribute. Thank you for leaving us this beautiful legacy. Prayers for his friends and family.
Gloria Fisher
May 28, 2012
He was a good friend and golf partner to my Dad, Bill, who was so sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. May he rest in peace and play great golf in heaven!
Sharon Virgulak (Norwalk, CT)
May 25, 2012
One of my earliest memories was sitting and watching my father draw characters and logos for cereal boxes. Over the ensuing years I have met and done business with many, many people that consider themselves artists. For me only a handful of had real artistic talent like my dad and some of his friends, Hugh was at the top of that group. I loved talking to Hugh about art, telling tall tales, life in general. He definitely showed some artist talent in his storytelling as well! Glad to have called him friend.
Mark Bunger
May 25, 2012
We will miss Hugh, he was a good friend and always an inspiration.
Bruce and Lynda Meek
May 25, 2012