During the Vietnam War I was in college and had a student deferment. I knew a bunch of kids my age from Santa Barbara who died in that war or came home messed up. Many of my contemporaries marched against the war or protested in other ways. I didn’t want to fight in the war. I didn’t want to march in protests either. I wanted to paint pictures. But I felt guilty that I wasn’t doing something good for my country. Now, I believe that art, painting, can make the world a better place. Painting is about being open-minded and thinking things through.
I like belonging to the Oak Group because it does good in so obvious a way—selling paintings to raise money to preserve nature. –Hank Pitcher
Born in Pasadena, California, July 20, 1949
Education: College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara