As a child I went to the library and asked for the big Audubon book at the desk. Later I acquired a copy and these paintings represent my favorite images done in the book's style, but in oils on beeswax-prepared linen that is stretched over a cradled panel. Learning to see life's simple beauty. The edges are finished in black and the work comes ready to hang. 

- James Hartman

Red Winged Blackbirds

Encaustic artwork on stretched linen

Signed on front and back

12" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 1 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.