In this colorful landscape, James Hartman explores color placement and contrasts. The painting was worked on over a period of time, giving glimpses of different layers of color. James likes the Maurice Denis quote, "Remember that a painting - before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or an anecdote of some sort - is essentially a flat surface covered with colors, put together in a certain order."

- James Hartman

Morning Light

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

22.5" h x 26" w x 1.5" d
3 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.