California Street is an iconic symbol of San Francisco – it displays at once the hillside setting of the city, the Bay beyond and the multitude of architectural styles and building types which comprise the City by the Bay. I depicted this view heading down California Street in the early evening. You become aware of the lights on cars, street level spaces and high-rise windows. Detail surrenders to abstract silhouettes.  I sealed the surface with a high gloss varnish reflecting the quality of glass and other building materials which comprise urban settings. 

- Jim Leland

California Street in Blue

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 24" w x 1.25" d
8 lbs. 0 oz.



Jim Leland
Vacaville, California

Getting to Know Jim

With an education in architecture and a career in urban planning, it comes as no surprise that Jim Leland has a talent for painting cityscapes. Jim’s depictions of San Francisco exude a palpable timelessness--each scene could be representative of 50 years ago, or yesterday afternoon. The paintings are industrial yet peaceful. Each portrays a quiet corner of a bustling city that might be a challenge to encounter in daily reality. “There is a tremendous amount of editing or selection that goes into a cityscape,” says Jim. “Imagine looking down an urban street for several blocks--how many objects, people, vehicles, signs, lights must there be? As an artist I try to eliminate unnecessary items so I can convey the essence of the locale.”