Composition and dreamy color take center stage in this colorful landscape of fields in Half Moon Bay, California near the artist's studio. To create this piece, James constructed a cradled panel and stretched it with linen. He then built up the surface with oil paint using handmade tools. "I followed my heart, leaving a lot of the resolutions to instinct," says James. "I want the viewer to feel like they are that tiny figure on the path, immersed in color."

- James Hartman

A Favorite Spot

Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

20" h x 24" w x 1.75" d
4 lbs. 6 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.