Paintings of Unity, Love and Nature from travels near and far: from Negril, Jamaica to Denver, Colorado and to a Galaxy far, far away...
by James Eric Hartzell
James Eric Hartzell grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Hartzell's intent in creating his work is to unite people through humorous and thought provoking art. In 2009, James graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. After visiting the Dali Museum and falling in love with the area’s arts scene, he moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2015.
James participates in local vendor markets and gallery shows in the Tampa Bay Area. The artist specializes in elevating the beauty of lettering, having completed sign painting and mural work for clients both locally and internationally. Soccer supporters club Ralph’s Mob awarded James the Mobster of the Year award in 2019 for contributions to soccer culture like designing the “Rowdy and Proud” Banner for Pride Night. The artist became a member of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and co-op gallery St. Pete Artworks in March of 2020. The highlight of the artist’s career to date was being one of 16 locals chosen to paint the “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of the Carter G. Woodson Museum, painting the letter “V” in “Lives” on June 18th, 2020.
James works as a mural tour guide with Florida Craft Art Gallery explaining to tourists and locals the importance and power of public art to engage, inspire, and transform the surrounding community.