Can we see beyond ourselves? We meet people every day who have stories to share. As conscious and communicative beings we recognize and connect with each other, but we only have our own eyes from which to see, and our own ears to hear. Our thoughts and the world we define for ourselves remain our own, and a mystery to the people around us.
This phenomenon has me fixated on the stories of the people I meet throughout my life. I want to better understand what it means to communicate with each other. Each portrait I paint, my focus is on the individual I am portraying, but the results can only be in a form of my perspective. I project my ideas and experiences onto the beautiful individual who sits in front of me. They own their perspective and live their life while my strokes of paint come only from the brush I hold.
Each life-like portrait serves as a visual tribute to the nuances of human communication. The landscapes created within each portrait clue the viewer in on how they might begin to understand the individual portrayed before them. This theme prevails throughout all of my work. From mirrored images to repeated shapes, the paintings carry a subtle code that describes how we see and learn about each other.
Robert was born in Wheeling Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a BFA in drawing. After college, Robert’s main focus continues to be studying representational painting through watercolor. Along this journey, he spent two in a half years displaying artwork with the Dandelion Gallery in the Waukegan Arts District. His work has been featured in several other galleries, including his resent solo exhibition, Trance, at Re – Invent Gallery.
Robert’s most recent body of work has been committed to the production of his book “Pseudonymity”. This project will be completed with a self published book, featuring each painting in the series, along with an exhibition in Chicago.