This painting was done in my studio using molten beeswax and torches along with fine oils. The painting started with a hand built cradled panel, which was gallery wrapped with linen to really grip the beeswax. Encaustic painting was once a lost art, so today people have to invent their own techniques. This painting is on gallery wrapped linen with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- James Hartman

Winehaven, on San Pablo Bay

Encaustic artwork on gallery wrapped linen on cradled panel

Signed on front and back

14" h x 16" 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.