Inspired by the animal life on Mt. Diablo, the intention of this piece is to raise awareness of the natural beauty that lies not that far from our urban existence. The painting is on a cradled birch panel that was collaged with 1906 Vanity Fair pages to adhere the beeswax and fine oils. The edges are black and the piece comes ready to hang.

- James Hartman

Mt. Diablo Cows

Encaustic artwork on wood

Signed on front and back

24" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 8 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.