Oakland Estuary Clam Digger shows the shacks along the water in strong midday light. The structures are reduced to their basic shapes. This is a pleasant location on the edge of the big city of Oakland. The painting is done in oils on stretched canvas and has painted edges are painted black. The painting arrives ready to hang with cable attached.

- James Hartman

Oakland Estuary Clam Digger

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

50" h x 55" w x 1.5" d
11 lbs. 7 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.