My inspiration for this painting was fall in California. Painting into the beeswax and layers of blowtorching helps hopefully with my intention of giving the viewer a sense of entering the woods at the peek color changing in the leaves. The cradled birch board is laid with 1906 Vanity Fair pages to hold the beeswax. The antique typeface shows through and acts as a compositional element. The surface may be buffed to a glossy sheen with a soft cloth.

- James Hartman

Autumnal Repose

Encaustic artwork on wood
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

24" h x 28" w x 1.75" d
5 lbs. 3 oz.



James Hartman
Burlingame, California

Getting to Know James

When James Hartman was in art school, he became fascinated with the Society of Six, a group of artists who painted en plein air (outdoors) and exhibited together in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 20th Century. James's paintings of the Northern California landscape pay tribute to some of the great Bay Area artists of the past. His expressive scenes feel alive through his vibrant use of color and his painterly brushwork. James’s paintings have an immediate visual impact from a distance, yet up close, dissolve into a series of confident marks and strokes. There is a simultaneous complexity and steadiness in his flattened, color-blocked planes. Knowledge and observation are essential elements of James’s working practice. To this end, he spends a large proportion of his time painting on location. His body of work captures the fresh and sunlit essence of the coastal California hills.