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Paintings from this series reflect my interpretation of universal forms and systems observed in nature and translated into my personal visual language. The key elements that I am focused on are; the play of light and shadow, positive and negative, surface and atmosphere and the edges that integrate and define them. Please see my artistic statement.


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Beckoning Spring in the Birch Forest
Beckoning Spring in the Birch Forest - Oil on Canvas. 120” X 44”

Little White Dove
Totem “Little White Dove”
Oil on Canvas. 41.5” X 81.25”

On a Walruss Hunt through the eyes of a Polar Bear
Totem “On a Walrus Hunt -- through
the eyes of a Polar Bear ”
Oil on Canvas. 41.5” X 81.25”

Sptiritual awakening in late Winter
Spiritual awakening in late Winter - Oil on Canvas. 144” X 44”

Each act of creation for me is a celebration of my gifts.

My paintings are alive with Spirit. They have a presence, an inner glow, an atmosphere about them that can not be dimmed even by the darkest of rooms.

I hope my work inspires and engages your imagination.

2005A The Dance

2005A - The Dance
Oil on Canvas.
36" X 50.5"

2005F Sunset 2069

2005F - Sunset 2069
Oil on Canvas.
24" X 36"

2005E Cloud Map

2005E - Cloud Map
Oil on Canvas.
24" X 32"

2005D Sea Stacks

2005D - Sea Stacks
Oil on Canvas.
18" X 24"

2005I Sea Stacks II

2006I - Sea Stacks II
Oil on Canvas.
22" X 28"

2005G Fall 2047

2005G - Fall 2047
Oil on Canvas.
23" X 31"

2005B Summer Light

2005B - Summer Light
Oil on Canvas.
28" X 40.5

2005J Tribal Totems

2006J - Tribal Totoems
Oil on Canvas.
24" X 40"

2005H Scream -- into the light

2006H - Scream -- into the Light
Oil on Canvas.
48" X 48"

Triptych - 2005M, 2005N, 2005O
Oil on Canvas.
Each panel 40" X 50.5" overall 120" X 50.5"

Time of Day -- a suite of four paintings from my series "The Road I Walk"
2007Y Sunrise
2007Y - Sunrise
Oil on Canvas.
4.5” X 12”

2007U Sunset
2007T - Sunset
Oil on Canvas.
4.5” X 12”
2007T Midday
2007U - Midday
Oil on Canvas.

4.5” X 12”

2007R Midnight
2007R - Midnight
Oil on Canvas.
4.5” X 12”

Totem - White Out
Totem "White Out"
Oil on Canvas.
9” X 24”
2008D Waterfall
2008D - Watefall
Oil on Canvas.
7.625” X 9”

2008E Green Seas
2008E - Green Seas
Oil on Canvas.
8.75” X 9”

2008F Blue Sky
2008F - Blue Sky
Oil on Canvas.
7.625” X 9”

One might say I am employing elements of many of my heroic predecessors. The diagonals of Paul Cezanne, the verticals of Clyford Still, and the horizontals of George Morrison.

I have found that although one can learn much academically about art--art theory, and technique, one can not learn to be creative. Nor can one learn to be inspired. "One is either creative and inspired or one is not."


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At first glance my work might seem familiar. Although I feel that my imagery is unique in the way that I handle spatial relationships, compost ion and color. I understand that by employing many universal concepts to create my cohesive compositions my work encompasses a vast lexicon. My world is a diverse one, where you will find elements of figure, landscape, fractals, crystalline structures, coral and rock formations, clouds, plants, water and more. Using the boundaries and edges of opposing shapes, to create a variety of counterpoints: form - atmosphere, positive - negative, ebb - flow, open - closed, balance - counterbalance, light and shadow.

The tensions that these counterpoints suggest to varying degrees enhance the visual dynamics, define space, delineate form and create a sense of movement ( Life or animation).

As to my specific choices of paint, paint application, color and composition these conclusions are all original. They are of my own hand and mind. Yet, because I believe that my gift, my talent and my inspiration are Spiritual gifts. Granted to me. I somehow feel driven - guided by other worldly tides or a supernatural being that exists outside of our temporal reality. A "Spirit" greater then oneself.

And so, as I approach my work, I do so with great seriousness, self-reflection, exuberance, and inner-focus. My passion is drives me. My pulse quickens and my true purpose is clear. Each act of creation I experience is a celebration of my gifts. And thus, the resulting art becomes my gift to the world. This is where I draw my breath. And I am alive in the struggle of life.

Robert Kelly. All Rights Reserved World Wide.