This is one of my favorite places to paint. Right by the Golden Gate, it is cool on the hottest days and always provides unique shapes and forms. You can find carnelian and jade gemstones in the pebbles of the beach, tumbled smooth. I am inspired by the glow of the sun coming through a carnelian when selecting the colors of the source, the cliffs. On gallery wrapped canvas with nice deep black edges.  The painting arrives wired to hang.  

- James Hartman

Rodeo Beach and Lagoon

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

48" h x 56" w x 2" d
12 lbs. 14 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.