Internationally known pastelist Hassard grew up in the New York City area and studied at Pratt Institute. Since 1985 he has lived in Cincinnati. A Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, he has been designated Master Pastelist by the MidAmerica Pastel Society and is in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. He participates in Plein Air competitions frequently, winning top awards. His work has been featured in PleinAir magazine and in Pastel Journal as winner of the Gold Medal Award in the Top 100 competition. He is represented by Oxford Gallery, Rochester, New York, Patricia Hutton Galleries, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio.