Best known for his watercolours and landscape paintings. His family were well known Nurserymen and at the time of his birth were based in Mallow. His family later moved to Cork where he studied at the Cork School of Art, some of his watercolours were signed Albert Hartland.
After leaving Art College he worked as an illustrator for a Cork bookseller and later built theatrical scenery in Cork and Dublin.
He was the uncle of illustrator Gertrude Hartland.