Brewster artist Jim Holland joins music and landscape for his painting for the Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert.

In the quiet of a sunny afternoon by the sea, a cello rests against a white chair, its straight lines a complement to the elegant curves of the instrument.

“It is as if the musician was playing and got up to take a pause and enjoy the view,” says Julie Wake about “A Summer Air,” Jim Holland’s painting revealed earlier this month for the 2018 Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert. Wake, executive director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod that hosts the concert, notes she has long admired the work of the Brewster artist, whose paintings remind her of Edward Hopper’s.

And indeed, Hopper is an influence on Holland, who refers to Hopper as the “granddaddy.”

Like Hopper, Holland’s work captures the peace and silence of a Cape Cod landscape. His favorite locations are near the calm waters of Cape Cod Bay.

“I’m bay-oriented,” he says. “I love the flats,” those long stretches of sand on the bayside when the tide goes out, sometimes as much as a mile.

Holland, who grew up in Schenectady, New York, is attracted to coastal environments and has surveyed the area from southern Maine to Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. The drama of a rocky coast doesn’t attract him. “When the rocky coast comes in, I peter out,” he says, laughing.

He adores the pristine quality of the bayside, the gentle waters sliding across the sand. He emphasizes that his paintings are not cluttered, but simplified. Although his work is situated at a particular location, he is reaching for the “universal.”

The Pops painting is set at Blish Point in Barnstable Village, but as Holland likes to do, he streamlined the image and took out Sandy Neck.

The request from the Arts Foundation to do this year’s Pops painting, which will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit organization’s work, had a serendipitous aspect. As Holland explains, “I already had a half-baked idea when they contacted me.” He had been experimenting with using a guitar in his work, which relates to his interest in adding an architectural component, like the perennial chair, in his paintings. He sees the chair as a “sculptural element, as a substitute for the human presence.” Figures are rarely seen in his art.

Holland borrowed a cello from the Cape Cod Conservatory and used a white, straight-backed chair, which is often found in his paintings, and set them up at Blish Point. He placed the objects on the grass, and the view beyond is a placid blue bay and a pale blue sky. Nothing disturbs the tranquility of the scene.

The painting is silent, waiting for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to make music at its annual concert on the Hyannis Village Green, this year on Aug. 12. Before that, the painting will be auctioned June 7 at the Hyannisport Country Club at the Spring Soiree & Auction, which benefits the arts foundation.

Holland paints from photographs he’s taken. His work is too exacting to be done on site with the challenges of changing light and the vagaries of the weather. “I haven’t painted plein-air in 30 years,” he notes.

He is a “single-focus artist.” In his serene works, there is often only one boat – a catboat at rest on the flats or a sailboat causing hardly a ripple as it moves through the water. Or there is one chair – an Adirondack, a simple wooden one or a lifeguard stand – on an empty beach. He has painted that lifeguard stand more than once, and calls it “iconic.” He sees the chair as an architectural element, which relates to his interest in architecture when he paints houses on the Cape – solitary ones sometimes tightly cropped with the play of light and shadow on them, just as Hopper did.

In his interior paintings, Holland is also influenced by Hopper and Holland mentions the way Hopper used light reflections from a window creating patterns on a floor or wall, as does Holland.

The gentleness of Holland’s paintings likely reveals an aspect of his personality. “I am not a volatile person,” he says. “And I am attracted to the sublime and beautiful that reflects the natural life we lead.” He adds that he sees his art as “aspirational and idealized.”

Perhaps in reference to these chaotic times, he says, “It is my way to make the world a better place.”