Emerging Artists | Robert Reynolds

Conveying the magic

Robert Reynolds, Clouds of Summer, oil, 24 x 30.

Robert Reynolds, Clouds of Summer, oil, 24 x 30.

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Robert Reynolds makes his home in a small green valley in New Mexico where piñon trees dot the nearby hills. On some days Reynolds is content to explore the natural world outside his front door. On other days, his fondness for water may lure him farther afield to the Rio Grande for inspiration.

The first thing to know about 
Reynolds’ landscape works is that they possess a tactile quality characterized by thick, juicy paint applied with energetic brush strokes and palette knives. Some paintings, such as EVENING REFLECTIVE WATERS, walk the border between realism and abstraction. 
Reynolds says the painting was inspired by a recent trip he took to the Chama River to camp, fish, and paint. One evening he noticed that the setting sun bathed the scene in a captivating light. “The red and yellow sandstone rocks took on a brilliant quality from the golden light, which then reflected down into the dark water,” Reynolds says.

He snapped a few photos for reference material as the day faded but also painted from memory once back in his studio. Reynolds says he strives always to capture a sense of place—the temperature, atmosphere, even the smells of a particular locale. But as he composes a work, he is also spontaneous, letting the painting tell him what it needs.

Reynolds grew up in Golden, CO, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Feeling a spirit of wanderlust, he began to travel and paint in far-flung destinations, including Tibet, Nepal, and Japan, eventually earning a master’s from Visva-Bharati University in India. Today he brings an intimate knowledge of global terrain to each new work he creates. “I hope to convey a sense of my passion for the landscape—the feeling of sunshine, the wind, and the energy that fills the earth, the sky, and me,” he says. “I find it beautiful, powerful, and mysterious. In this way painting becomes a way to try to understand the magic of the 
landscape.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff

Acosta-Strong Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, and Oklahoma City, OK; Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM; Folger Galleries, Midland, TX; Rising Moon Gallery and Art Center, Abiquiu, NM.

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