As a painter who has grown from the tradition of artists who work from Nature, my starting point is in the landscape. Using oil paints and a portable French easel, I go out into the landscape each day to study the values and color relationships in Nature. Using my imagination I find the harmony that exists between the various aspects of my subject, light, color, distance, gradually shifting my focus away from Nature towards what is revealing itself on my canvas. I let myself be guided as much by the sense of touch as by the sense of sight, indeed all my senses are awakened and engaged by the act of painting. Every day I look for what Van Gogh calls “that which does not change in that which is ever-changing”, or the eternal. This is at the heart of my work.
Robin Oliver is a landscape painter who works directly from life to create paintings that resonate with the immediacy and spontaneity of nature. She seeks out contact with nature to spark her inner sense of the relatedness of things.
She first learned to paint in the landscape during a semester at Artists for Environment (located in the Delaware Water Gap) through the Philadelphia College of Art. She later enrolled in the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France.
She spent nearly four years working in the south of France, learning to paint in the tradition of Cezanne and Van Gogh.
She now lives and paints in the environs of Southern New Hampshire.
44 Main St, Second Floor
Peterborough, NH 03458
Gardener, 8 x 10 ", oil on panel, ©2016 Robin Oliver
Farmhouse Bathed in Light, 20 x 24 in, oil on linen, ©2016 Robin Oliver
Peonies on the Bough, 24 x 20 in, oil on panel, ©2016 Robin Oliver
Clouds Reflected in Water, oil on linen, 20 x 24 in, ©2016 Robin Oliver
Raspberry Thicket in Snow Storm, 16 x 20 in, oil on linen, ©2016 Robin Oliver