At the beginning of his career, James spent over a decade painting outdoors with his mentors. They revealed to him all of the spots in the area that were passed on to them through Louis Siegriest, the last surviving member of the famed Society of Six. This verdant garden is an example of one of these locations. James spent several sessions on this piece working with the texture, scraping back and adding color over the results to give the work a lively feeling.

- James Hartman

Garden Path

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

30" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
5 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.