Agricultural Art & Illustration

James Mann paints life on the farm as he lives and sees it. Click on a painting’s name below for a larger view of the original art. Giclee prints are available of most of these paintings.

Turkey Vultures

Watercolor… there are two indigenous species of vulture around here… the Black Vulture and the Turkey Vulture. I am partial to the Turkey Vulture. Turkey Vultures are larger and more colorful than the all black vulture… and soar on graceful, dihedral wings over the thermals for hours. We also have a large roaming deer population…… Read more »

May Alfalfa Windrows

Watercolor… Coopersburg farm looking west… late afternoon, across the pasture…. up the hill… making hay… that sweet… rich… fragrance of first cut alfalfa hay… raked into windrows…. there’s just nothing like it… a couple days to dry down and we’ll be putting bales up for winter.

July 2nd Cutting

Watercolor… Making hay… Oliver 550 with New Holland 461 Haybine… swallow and bluebird escort. … as a label for YAYLA Wheat.

July 2nd Cut #2

Watercolor… ok, I painted it again… same rig as the first one… Oliver 550 with NH 461 Haybine… making hay… and just the swallows this time.I love these little birds. They are fast and incredibly maneuverable… zipping and darting… picking off all the juicy insects that rise up before the tractor and mower.

February Corn

Watercolor… a bit of sunshine breaking through… over a winter field of corn stubble, on an otherwise, rather cold and dark day.

October Soy

Watercolor… plein air… beautiful day… had to grab the paints & a brush and get out there… soybeans… turned from green… to gold… and now bronze…

November Soy #2

Watercolor… Globostis’ Last Stand . Lehigh County, Pennsylvania . The view from Standard Lane… the Globostis Farm looked like this when I bought my own little piece of a neighboring farm here, over thirty years ago. And these lands have been cultivated since the time this area was first colonized. Some years this field has… Read more »

Last Cut

Watercolor… making hay… last cut, early September… running it up the elevator and into the barn.

Spring Harrow

Watercolor… an Allis-Chalmers 8030, dualie tractor, doing a little field preparation outside of Coopersburg, Spring 2007.

Bailing Wisconsin

Watercolor… baling hay… Hawk’s Cry Farm … a John Deere 5205 and some round bales in Richland County, Wisconsin.

Spreading It Around

Watercolor… Oliver 550 tractor and Oliver 7-29979… spreading manure.This is all about moving the organics and rebuilding the soil for the next crop. But… I have to tell you… after engaging the gears for that first pass… and those paddles start flipping… well… that’s just hilarious…

Emerald Wood

Watercolor…at the emerald wood… making hay… helping a neighbor with some hay bales, one hot summer day… we pulled into a little dog-leg of the field, nestled in the wood… it was so cool, green and inviting… I could have stayed there all day.

December Treeline

Watercolor… the Oliver 550, late afternoon, coming up along Horace’s side of the tree line between his farm and mine.

Pasture South June

Watercolor… Plein air, June 15, 2021. Pasture viewed south. Currently grazing 2 alpaca, a bunch of goats & a flyby vulture. The thing standing upright is an old street sweeping, bristle brush, which the alpaca use as a scratch post.

Snow Melt South

Watercolor…  Plein Air… 2nd warm day in a row and this 2 week blanket of snow is now melting quickly. March 11, 2019. It’s wet everywhere.

Farm Garden 2020

Watercolor… plein air… July 27, 2020. Farm view south from the hump… garden, pasture, goats and fields. Temperature in the low 90’s. Paint dried fast.

West Pasture Wet

Watercolor… plein air 07/14/2016… after a rain… view south toward Longacre’s Farm. Hawks, the vultures and all manner of birds use the transmission tower as an observation perch.

Intrepid

Watercolor… mid afternoon near Royersford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Shadow Play Lancaster

Watercolor… an Amish farm in southeastern Lancaster County… four horsepower gets it done…