The painting was started out on location, plein air style, and worked on again back at my studio. Some of the colors that were one way outdoors were toned down for interior viewing.  This location is the best in the Bay Area for painting, hands down. The edges of the gallery wrapped canvas are 1" deep and painted black. A secure cable is attached for hanging.

- James Hartman

Painting on Mt. Diablo in June

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

40" h x 48" w x 1" d
8 lbs. 10 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.