As a nod to her previous career in architecture, structural themes often arise in her work. Hartshorn has always loved the details of design: rhythms and complex beauty in the lines and curves of our manmade world. She is captivated by an alleyway, for instance… piles & stacks, shafts of light that pass through and over old buildings, metal fire escapes.
Her work is composed of rural and urban landscapes as well as particular objects that capture her love of sculpted form. Her inner geek engages in design dialogue, her quiet side senses a good story. Hartshorn enjoys the adventure of carving out these ideas on canvas; each brush stroke taking on a form of its own, overall a texture that explores and expresses the object.