This is a painting of trees in the hills of California. This one began with a homemade cradled birch panel that I stretched with linen. I used this as a surface for my encaustic painting with beeswax, oils and blow torches. The nice thing about encaustic paintings is that they can occasionally be buffed to a high polish with a soft cotton cloth. The edges are painted black, and the painting comes ready to hang.

- James Hartman

Coming Around the Bend

Encaustic artwork on stretched linen

Signed on front and back

12" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 14 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.