Here I am back at Union Square – looking up Powell you can see the St. Francis Hotel on the right, Union Square on the left and Saks just beyond. So many people have been to this very spot over the years, I had to capture it. So many people have been to this very spot over the years, I had to capture it. I sealed the surface with a high gloss varnish reflecting the quality of glass and other building materials which comprise urban settings.

- Jim Leland

Heading Up Powell

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.”