Hugh Schone

I  was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1949.  I describe my art as painterly realism, whether it is landscapes , portraits or my  whimsical realist paintings.   

At age 11 I moved with my family to Los Angeles where we eventually settled in Redondo Beach. The beach and surfing gave me a vivid imagination and with the help of my high school art teacher, Mr. Joe Hooton, I realized that art would be my career. After high school and El Camino College, where I  was an art major, I was accepted at Art Center College of Design, and for 3 semesters studied Advertising Illustration. 

Around this time it seems that the government invited me to attend the school of war in Vietnam in which I politely declined to serve as a conscientious objector.  I worked for a non-profit organization in San Francisco for 2 years, after which I enrolled in Academy of Art College to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.  Having dabbled in storyboard work and a little graphic design, as well as film animation, I saw that I just wanted to paint visionary fine art paintings in acrylics and oils.
In the late '80’s I pursued a practical career as a faux finish and mural painting contractor, which I still do today.

Exhibits include the following:  

  •      The Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA
  •      The Quorum Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA
  •      The Orange County Center of Art Gallery in Santa Ana, CA
  •      Gallery 104 in San Clemente, CA
  •      The Rainwater Gallery in Huntington Beach, CA 

Additionally, I have done commission work for portraits, and copies of the masters paintings, for which I have been highly praised.

If you wish to inquire about a particular painting on my website, or perhaps commission a painting, feel free to contact me via e-mail at or  You can also call me directly at 714-423-2648.  

If you wish to order a painting, I can either have it shipped to you or delivered, depending on where you live.

Just for fun, check out the animated films below!

The Artist as a Young Man - San Francisco 1976