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Hartley Brown was born in Houston, TX but raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where she discovered her love of the outdoors in the surrounding woods. At an early age she showed a passion for drawing and sculpting and declared that she was going to be an artist one day. . .or an astronaut.

Since becoming an astronaut required passing calculus, Brown decided to major in art graduating from McMurry University in 2005 with a BFA in Studio Art and Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 with an MA in Painting. Brown has recently relocated to Asheville, North Carolina from Abilene, Texas, where she taught art and maintained a practice as a working artist.

Brown has had solo and group gallery shows in Abilene, TX as well as in Savannah, Georgia. Recently the Savannah College of Art and Design acquired several of her pieces for their permanent collection. She has opened a new studio in Asheville and is making art and teaching painting workshops!