I painted this referencing a study done at my friend's studio from life. The arrangement of the model, the organic forms of plant, and geometric stripes appealed to me. The wall with sketches and the small sculptures remind me of the experience of the small drawing group. Painting the figure in this scale transformed her into a real presence in my studio at home. This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.

- James Hartman

Interior with Model and Plant

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

48" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
9 lbs. 4 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.