I have always admired the work of Bonnard and his influence from Chardin, of painting the ordinary object and using it as a compositional device. Before I painted this piece, I treated the cradled panel surface with a collage of 1906 Harper's Bazaar page pieces followed by beeswax strengthened with damar crystals. The surface can then be buffed to a high sheen.

- James Hartman

Table with Flowers

Encaustic artwork on wood
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

24" h x 16" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 13 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.