My inspiration for this painting is the classic book by John James Audubon. As a child I would go to the local library and ask to see this oversized book of bird illustrations. My intention with this painting was to be aware of the materiality of the medium as well as to convey the personal the connection to the subject. This painting is on cradled wood panel with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.

- James Hartman

Pained Buntings in a Plum Tree

Oil painting on wood

Signed on back

12" h x 10" w x 1.34" d
1 lbs. 8 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.