March Artist of the Month Bob Carlson


March Artist of the Month at Art Speaks Gallery is Virginia artist Bob Carlson.  Bob's paintings have been included in national and regional juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as commercial galleries, art centers, and museums in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Delaware for over forty-five years.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Cities of Hampton and Alexandria, as well as many other public and private collections.  He currently has a twelve painting show at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and another dozen paintings in a two person show at Stewart Gallery in Gloucester. 

Bob's series of paintings often share common motifs and themes that he can explore and expand upon, pursuing some for decades. They combine the exploration of visual elements and may share a common subject or narrative aspect as well.  A key element in most of these series is the exploration of the effects of light and shadow, particularly as sunlight plays upon and through water or other reflective and transparent surfaces.  He is likewise interested in recreating a shared experience of our time and culture with the viewer.

Bob holds an MFA in Painting from the Catholic University of America in DC and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland.   He grew up and lived in the Maryland suburbs of DC for most of his adult life; with a couple of years in the Navy, mostly stationed in Norfolk.  He and his wife, Kathy, relocated to Tidewater from Silver Spring 15 years ago, and are delighted to live in these scenic historic and hospitable environs, with their more civil pace of life.  He paints most days, taking welcome breaks to visit their children and grandchildren.

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To see Bob Carlson's collection click here.