Rob strives to paint new myths. Through its countless mythological traditions, humanity has proven to have a deep-seated need for awe-inspiring stories and the experience of wonder. With a powerful resonance, these stories provide a framework for understanding where we fit in our communities, and in our cosmos. They can also give a us a feeling of shared connection and participation with the rest of humanity, helping us to show our more caring and compassionate side. Unfortunately, the most popular stories being passed on today come from traditions developed in very different times. These antiquated stories inevitably come prepackaged with inseparable cultural baggage and outdated ideas that are, sadly, ill-suited for the equality, understanding, and change that our modern culture so desperately needs. What are the resonant, positive, and appropriate awe-inspiring stories of today? How can our expanding scientific knowledge drive our enchantment with the natural world and grow our empathic interests toward our fellow humans? Exploring these questions visually, Rob hopes to promote or create the stories that best help us to achieve these goals.

Originally from a suburb north of Chicago, Rob hiked across New England on the Appalachian Trail before going on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating there with a BFA in Illustration. Rob now resides in Denver, Colorado.

While his foremost passion is for learning of any kind, Rob's interests are frequently peaked by both natural sciences like astronomy and physics as well as social sciences like psychology and sociology. These interests commonly influence his work, as do a multitude of inspiring artists from classical art to golden age illustration and contemporary representational art. Through his love affair with the medium of oil paint, he strives to make pictures that are not only beautiful but thought provoking as well. Careful attention to edges and working "wet into wet" are important to getting the look Rob loves most, but above all, he feels that a successful painting must convey emotion in order to connect with the viewer in a lasting way.

 

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About



Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Providence RI
BFA Illustration


Education
2006



Best of Show
National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society
Best of America 2013

Finalist, Art Renewal Center 2012-2013 Salon

Finalist, Portrait & Figure
Richeson 75 International Kimberly WI

Meritorious, Portrait & Figure
Richeson 75 International Kimberly WI

Second Place, Heros & Villians Show
Hope Gallery, Bristol RI

Second Place, Reflections Show
Hope Gallery, Bristol RI


Honors/Awards
2013


Silver Award, Illustration West 51
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America
Spring Online Showcase


2012


Certificate of Excellence, International Portrait Competition Portrait Society of America

Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center
2010-2011 Salon

Honorable Mention, 21 under 31 Competition
Southwest Art Magazine

5th Merit, Members Only Competition, Outside The Box Category, Portrait Society of America

Honorable Mention, Members Only Competition
Non-Commissioned Portraits Category
Portrait Society of America

Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America
Summer Online Showcase

Honorable Mention, Illustration West 50
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

Finalist, America China Oil Painting Artists League (ACOPAL)

Finalist, Bold Brush Painting Competition, May


2011


Second Place, Open Juried Exhibit
Bristol Art Gallery, Bristol RI

Illustration West 47
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles


2010


Illustration West 45
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles


2008


Illustration West 44
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles


2007


CMYK Magazine, issue #34

Applied Arts Magazine, October issue


2006



22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition
Oil Painters of America
InSight Gallery, Federicksburg TX

23rd Annual Best of America
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society
Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar MO


Exhibitions
2013


21st Annual National Juried Exhibition
Oil Painters of America
Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen CO

Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
Oil Painters of America
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington VT


2012


�Faces of Spring�
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme CT

Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
Oil Painters of America
Addison Art Gallery, Orleans MA

Open Painting, Providence Art Club
Providence RI


2011


Invitational Exhibit, Bristol Art Museum
Bristol RI


2009