By Bonnie Gangelhoff
|Mission Beach, oil, 30 x 24|
For Arizona-based landscape painter Robert Goldman, painting aerial views began as a journey into the unknown. Goldman, who lived in San Diego for 25 years, was inspired to paint his airscapes after taking regular plane trips home to see his family in San Diego. A year ago he began to snap slides during take-off and landing. Once on the ground, he created studies on paper before he painted the final canvas. “[Painting aerial landscapes is] a challenge, and that’s something I welcome,” he says.
Goldman says he recalls moving from Chicago to California as a boy in the 1950s and looking out the plane’s window as it flew over Kansas farmlands. “I remember being fascinated by the patterns. They stuck with me for all these years,” he says. In Mission Beach he portrays a densely populated beach area in San Diego from the air. The narrow projection of land is sliced down the middle by one main road that leads to a popular jetty. Flashes of white paint evoke waves crashing ashore on the ocean side. Goldman graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has studied with Wayne Thiebaud, Wolf Kahn, John Asaro, and Ray Vinella. New works by Goldman are on view through February at Pratt Gallery in San Diego, CA. He is represented by Pratt Gallery, San Diego, CA, and Jane Hamilton Fine Art, Tucson, AZ.
Featured in the “Landscapes” portfolio in October 2002