My inspiration was an engraving by Gustave Dore in a book I inherited, a gift from my great grandfather to my grandfather back in the 1800's. I grew up with the images and wanted to revisit the compositions and interpret this one as a scene a little less heavy than 'Paradise Lost.' This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.

- James Hartman

Hidden Beach

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

34.25" h x 31" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 5 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.