A rich array of colors and tones enlivens this still life. The surface is alive with texture that catches the light. Items from the artist's studio work with each other to achieve a nice sense of balance. A pitcher of Plumbago flowers breaks up the red violet background. "I want the viewer to have a sense of homeyness and contentment," James says about the work. James draws inspiration for his series of still lifes from 18th-century French painter Chardin, who focused on everyday objects.

- James Hartman

Studio Still Life

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

22" h x 25" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 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.