"Blinded by the Light"
5th Place Landscape/Interior Category Award, Pastel 100, February 2022
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I paint what I hike. Hiking is what inspires my art. It is what my art is all about. I embrace the awe-inspiring landscape, and I desire to share with you my expressive views of nature, through my art.
Whenever I hike the trails of the nature preserves around my hometown, I find a sense of peace and solace in the air around me. Curious and unique aspects of the natural environment emerge as welcome surprises: the early morning light as it bounces along the ridges of the trees and the roots that cross my path. The distant haze and its bluish veil that drapes the grasses and the small shrubs.
The landscape is full of awe and surprise. It is these landscapes that I want to share with you, so that you can enjoy the peace and solace that I felt on the woodland trail.
Some of our greatest memories are those of travel, of outdoor activities. It is somewhat a childhood memory too, of wanting to be outdoors until dark in the summertime. My collectors enjoy the outdoors, hiking or walking the trails of an awesome landscape. They seek memories of trips they took, memories of travel, of good times, of adventures spent with friends and family. Many of my paintings were inspired by family hikes with my wife Mary, and our children Sara, Matthew and Nicole. Not to mention our small dog, Cosmo.
Bob with "Winter's Breath," award-winner at the Chicago Pastel Painters National Show in October, 2021.
As a landscape artist, I take advantage of all that nature offers me. Each of my pastel paintings is an interpretation of the landscape created with equal ingredients of contemplation and artist’s supplies! I trust that you will enjoy viewing my pastel art. My goal is to encourage you to spend more time appreciating nature and the varied landscapes that it presents. Please take the time to enjoy the outdoors. Take a moment and visit my shop. Perhaps a small painting will remind you of a memorable sojourn to the outdoors.
"The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.