Art Haseltine is a marine biologist / photographer, and resides in the village of Carmel on California’s central coast. He is a fourth-generation native of San Francisco; and holds graduate degrees from Humboldt State University (MA, Biology) and Golden Gate University (MBA, Management). Art moved to Carmel in 1969, and worked 22 years as a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. His specialty involved basic research with shellfish aquaculture at the department’s Granite Canyon laboratory, located south of Carmel on the Big Sur coast.
Since retirement in 1991, Art has been active with environmental and civic groups to protect central California's near-shore marine wildlife and habitats. Art’s photography takes him from the cool climes of British Columbia, Alaska, and the South Atlantic to the tropics of Mexico, Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. Art became a certified scuba diver in 1962, and has been a serious student of b&w photography since 1984. His photographic style is influenced both by his training as a diving biologist, and by the fine-art legacy of California’s Monterey Peninsula. With emphasis on form, detail, and tonality, Art’s images present unique portraits of underwater and terrestrial critters. Art enjoys combining an artist’s approach to photography with the eye of a biologist.
Art Haseltine currently serves on the Boards of three marine biology groups: The Myers Marine Biology Trust, the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society (www.acsmb.org), and the Friends of Hopkins Marine Station (www.hopkinsmarinestation.stanford.edu/support/friends-hopkins). Also, Art is active with the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (www.ncups.org); and the ImageMakers of the Monterey Peninsula (www.imagemakers.gallery).