This encaustic beeswax and oil painting was done from applied air study that I did with my painting friends in Berkeley. I wanted to paint it in encaustics at my studio. I started by collaging 6" squares of vintage papers from sewing patterns and seismic maps. I wanted to express the tranquil coolness of the afternoon shadows. To my back is the Golden Gate Bridge across the bay. Ground squirrels there are always entertaining.

This piece is on a cradled wood panel with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- James Hartman

Berkeley Marina, Shorebird Park

Encaustic artwork on wood

Signed on front and back

24" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 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.