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Mythological stories work to connect their listeners to the world around them, using narrative and wonder to help individuals understand where they fit in the grand scheme of life. Historical mythologies have used a vast diversity of themes and characters to accomplish this goal in ways appropriate to their culture, adopting both fantasy elements as well as many historical or semi-historical events, people, and places. But what is today's mythology? What themes and stories do we tell to gain a feeling of connection to each other and the universe in which we find ourselves? How can our expanding scientific knowledge drive our enchantment with the natural world and grow our empathic interests toward our fellow humans? Rob's work explores these questions visually.
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 continues to reside in Providence, Rhode Island.
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.