Chuck Hatton was born in Burbank, California in 1965. He received his formal training at multiple university art departments such as SUNY Plattsburgh, Purdue University and a small amount of time at The Art Center College of Design. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to follow a career both as a graphic designer and an illustrator.  

 While traveling overseas, Chuck was greatly inspired by the Italian masters in Venice, Florence and Rome. He became more immersed in traditional training, which has become the underlying foundation of all his work. He gravitates toward the works of Sargent, Anthony Van Dyke and Velazquez, finding a powerful source of inspiration that conveys a sense of emotion and mood. From these influences, Chuck sees the power of rendering subject matter with an economy of carefully placed brush strokes.  

 As an illustrator, Chuck has been heavily inspired by illustration icons Drew Struzan, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell and J. C. Leyendecker and most recently, Joseph Lorusso. Says Chuck, “My time studying with Joseph at Scottsdale Artist school allowed me to focus on the link between illustration and fine art, blurring the lines between the perceived differences and acknowledging that skill and insight defines the value of any art form.”  

 Chuck came to Dallas, Texas in 2007 to foster his career as a graphic designer and illustrator— working a great deal in web, package design, page layout, and brand identity. He was recruited by the Army Air Force Exchange Service in 2009 and currently serves as an art director for advertising publications and cross-channel marketing.