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.
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We are delighted with your painting, Stopping By a Half Moon Bay Farm. It looks beautiful in our new home! My husband and I both lived in Northern California, prior to our recent move to North Carolina. Viewing your artwork brings back wonderful memories, especially for my husband, who lived in the Bay area and remembers Half Moon Bay well. In gratitude, Deborah and Phil Kates- D Schwartz-Kates
Flowers in a Blue Vase totally popped a dark area in our family room. This is the second James Hartman painting we have bought and no doubt we will find more of his art to grace our homes.- C Coleman
I own several of James Hartman's paintings and can't say enough about how much I enjoy seeing them every day in my home. James captures each subject with true aristry and expressiveness and his connection to the medium is so authentic and the result so beautiful. The online versions really don't do justice to the in person experience. Work like this makes the world a bettere place. I look forward to adding more of James Hartman's paintings to my collection.- S Bradley
We have just received our beautiful painting. My husband and I are both so pleased with that it looks absolutely perfect in our home. The medium is really unusual and the colors are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for this beautiful piece.- C Cook