From the great outer struggles of the Depression, WWII, and the labor movement to the more inner objectives of the human potential movement, Hal Kramer’s life has touched on many of the dominant themes that confronted humanity in twentieth-century America. He was a teacher, a social worker, a longshoreman, a merchant marine, a union activist, a solider, a warehouseman, a lithographer, and the publisher/founder of two successful publishing houses. At the age of seventy-nine, he turned yet another corner. With a vision earned through full engagement with the chiaroscuro of life, he became a painter. Beauty and rightness arrive fresh from the hand of an artist who developed himself before he made his paintings. Hal Kramer passed away in 2008.