In an age when everything can be done on computers, the value of authentic, tactile connection has never been more meaningful. Direct observation is how we learn empathy. Simply stated, it is the feeling you get from receiving a thoughtfully handwritten letter. This is the inspiration for Robert’s work.
Robert is a self-taught calligrapher who re-envisions and adapts old world processes for a modern world. His deep-rooted love for this way of working that goes back to before Robert could read or write, when he would observe his parents writing in cursive at the kitchen table of his childhood home. This calligraphic mark making permeates throughout his work like a fingerprint.
Robert earned a BA in Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before going on to earn an MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Robert is best known for his calligraphic landscapes in pen and ink. Working from direct observation in a loose calligraphic style is Robert’s modus operandi. Together with his wife he travels around the world in search of new and unfamiliar landscapes. He is keenly interested in how different cultures interact with their environment.
Robert takes cues from his mentor and aunt, Holly Metzger, a professional portrait painter who was mentored by well-known illustrator and portrait painter Everett Raymond Kinstler. Connecting with the past is important to Robert as he creates his own authentic way forward. Robert is fluent in digital programs which aid his primarily analog approach to create original art, limited edition prints and unique commissions.
Sara Pittman is an emerging abstract expressionist who always found art to be an intrinsic part of her being. Relying heavily on intuition, Pittman's work explores the constant exchange between her repressed state of mind and her conscious self. These are represented through the juxtaposition of loose and controlled movement, defined areas with the use of negative space, and the tension between bold and soft color. Incorporating negative space invites the viewer to have a focused dialogue with the images that are presenting themselves and beckons deeper observation. The depth of her work creates an experience by asking those viewing it to come closer and unveil what is buried beneath.