“With the eyes of a child” is the primary methodology in my work as an artist. Using a camera and computer I build images that express a spirit of wondering and exploration. A predominant source of inspiration for my work is the natural world but the pieces I create, although they often have an organic sensibility, incorporate many other elements of American culture and spirit. I also enjoy drawing from the deep well of art history. I am especially inspired by the magical world of Paul Klee, the lyrical world of Chagall, and the natural connections of the Group of Seven (see below). In the first book of the Bible, the story is told of how God breathed the breath of life into the first human. I feel God’s creative breath in me and the process of building images is a process of exhaling — of acknowledging that I believe I am a child of the Creator and am doing Her/His will with my life. To state it another way — art is worship. • I have studied with noted photographers, Ernst Haas, Freeman Patterson, and John Paul Caponigro. • I have participated in five artist-in-residences programs in the last ten years — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Acadia National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, and Isle Royale National Park. • I was awarded a solo show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan in the Fall of 2013 • My work is currently being shown at the Uptown Gallery in Holland, Michigan. • A piece from my Edinburgh collection was selected for the summer show in 2014 at the Whitestone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and went on to be part of an exhibit at Cairn University in Philadelphia • A piece from the Edinburgh collection was selected for the 2014 Greater Michigan Art Exhibit at the Midland Center for the Arts. • The December 2014 issue of Traverse Magazine did a feature article on my work. • I have been awarded several honorable mentions and have been awarded top three artworks in several regional exhibits in the last 10 years. • My work can be found in many private and corporate collections. • • • The Group of Seven was also known as the Algonquin School. It was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. I have a degree in art from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
Robert's ArtPrize Entries
These are Robert's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.