Light streams across the San Francisco Bay, offering a stunning sunset in this Berkeley marina restaurant. James was inspired by the way the scene incorporated the landscape, interior space, and the human figure. Thick, painterly brushstrokes reveal the hint of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, friends and couples sharing a meal together and the fine details of the table settings. "I want the viewer to feel like there is space for them to sit down and enjoy the beauty of nature," says James.

- James Hartman

Dinner on the Bay, Berkeley

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

20.75" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
3 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.