Robert Hanlon

I believe the same ethereal feeling Robert created here at the Rivers & Roads property is what draws people to love his paintings. Robert’s creative mind and soul cannot be pegged or classified, even by himself. All I know is that a painting by Robert brings an immediate feeling of reminiscence and treasured time or place.

Ever the collector and savior of antique architectural pieces, his work is hardly ever found on a typical canvas. We are so glad to have some of Robert’s loved work at the store and excited that he could retire from the store in order to concentrate on his creativity alone again.

Robert in his own words: “When I began making paintings I was 52 years old and had no training or experience. I had designed houses and furniture, though, and was very accustomed to using antique materials. I was especially drawn to the surfaces and patterns of antique painted boards and door panels. I scraped or “unpainted” these surfaces to create figures and landscapes but was soon adding pigmented shellac and lacquer to the surface as I had done on furniture. I had found my own process for making a painting—exposing beautiful random patterns of aged color. I never lost the timeless sense of holding in my hands an object with a past and imagining its future. Painting on antique paint provides constant suggestions of form, color and texture. It is full of suggestions. White, yellow, green and blue have been popular interior colors in the last two centuries, so I often find all the components of a landscape hidden in the paint. Using shellac, which dries very quickly, forces me to work very quickly and so I’m not given much time to think things over. My subjects include the salt marsh, sailboats, fish and goats, dancing and flying figures, the nude.

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