Cape Cod Art Preservation Society
INTERVIEW

Hastings Wolfe Chronicles Cape Cod and Islands on Canvas

In the past few years, Hastings Wolfe has exploded onto the Cape Cod art scene with his iconic portrayals of the area's natural beauty. We got him to put down his palette for a moment and answer a few questions.
Oil Painting Of Entering Dowses Beach Cape Cod By Hastings Wolfe
CCAPS
You are regularly described as prolific. Just what is your output, exactly?
HW
It varies depending on the subject matter, but I try to complete at least 1-2 paintings a week.
CCAPS
That seems like a lot!
HW
Well, I read somewhere that Van Gogh completed around 900 paintings in the last 3 years of his life...so I'm way behind that pace (laughs)
CCAPS
How do you feel about the plein air technique?
HW
I know a lot of artists swear by it. Doesn't do much for me personally. I understand the thinking...that you can achieve more natural colors when painting outdoors. But on the other hand, paintings are hung in homes and buildings that use artificial lighting. So to me it almost makes more sense to paint in the environment that the painting will live...that way you know what people will be seeing going forward.
CCAPS
Do you ever get tired of painting Cape scenes?
HW
Never. This is the kind of place that people return to every year, and there is a reason for that. The average person will never get bored viewing sailboat-covered ponds, amazing landscaping, and fascinating animals.
CCAPS
How would you describe your style?
HW
I try to walk the line between Realism and Impressionism. Especially since the invention of the camera, I don't see the need for photo-realistic paintings. I want the human touch to be obvious.
CCAPS
Your work seems under-priced.
HW
For the moment, I guess it is. One day, who knows - I might become the darling of collectors and the prices will go sky-high on the secondary market. But for now, I'm hoping the average guy will scoop up these paintings while they can. I'm in good company - I recently read that Vermeer was mainly acquired by the middle-class in his day.
CCAPS
What's on the immediate docket?
HW
More of the same: sailboats, beaches, trees, birds...all the things I love.
CCAPS
We'll let you get back to it.