James Hartman
Burlingame, California

When James Hartman was studying art in San Francisco, he became fascinated with the Society of Six painters, a group of artists that painted outdoors and exhibited together in the Bay Area in the 1910s and 1920s. His “en plein air” paintings of the California landscape pay tribute to some of the great Bay Area artists of the past. The flat planes, impressionist brushstrokes, and exciting color play are reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn. His work is especially intriguing in the angles he creates, and how they move your eye through the landscape. Repeating shapes, such as the triangular shadows of houses or the oval forms of sailboats, draw you through the scene. There is complexity and steadiness, with zigzagging compositions achieving both depth and balance. James pulls a lot of color out of the landscape, accentuating shadows and light with bright hues. His work captures the way California feels, fresh and sunlit.

Artist and Customer Comments

commentsCoastal Farm Trail
G Corazza 2/24/2017 | 9:30 AM

I had looked at this on Tuesday and went to purchase it last night to find that it has been sold. So very disappointed. Loved this piece of work. When I saw it, the colors made me happy. Beautiful, bright, sunny colors. I hope that you will be inspired to do something similar in the future. I will be watching for future pieces. Cheers, Greta Corazza

commentsCoastal Farm Trail
G Corazza 2/24/2017 | 9:25 AM


James Hartman 4/25/2016 | 4:23 PM

Hello! I am excited to be showing my paintings here on UGallery. Thank you for visiting my page, I hope my work strikes a chord! If you have any questions at all feel free to post them here and I will answer ASAP. Regards, James

Berkeley Marina, Shorebird Park

Encaustic artwork on other
Signed on front and back

24" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.


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This encaustic beeswax and oil painting was done from applied air study that I did with my painting friends in Berkeley. I wanted to paint it in encaustics at my studio. I started by collaging 6" squares of vintage papers from sewing patterns and seismic maps. I wanted to express the tranquil coolness of the afternoon shadows. To my back is the Golden Gate Bridge across the bay. Ground squirrels there are always entertaining.

This piece is on a cradled wood panel with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Encaustic artwork

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The hot liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can be used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the wax before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate it once it has cooled on the surface. Other materials can be encased, layered or collaged into the surface, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface.


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