ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTIST
IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts, is proud to announce its featured artist for the 2017 Festival is Robert Ross of Winter Park. The featured piece, an oil painting on canvas, is titled “Bucket List.”
“Seven years of painting landscapes ‘en plein air’ has taught me to look intensely at the subject in front of me and respond quickly and decisively to the dramatic challenges of shifting light and shadow,” says Ross. “Recently, however, I have been working more in the studio, which has allowed me to slow things down. Now I look more intensely at the painting than at its ‘subject’ derived from nature. I still use the perceptual tools I learned painting outdoors, but I am taking more time to explore design and pattern in my subject and push the values, colors and boundaries in my paintings. I catch glimpses of the mysterious beauty and hidden life of ordinary objects and places that we see ‘in plain sight,’ but often fail to truly see.”
Ross’s urban and rural landscape paintings have been exhibited in a growing number of venues throughout
Central Florida, including Anita Wooten Gallery at Valencia State College, Winter Park City Hall, Orlando City Hall, Maitland City Hall, Orange County Chambers, Orlando Museum of Art, Gallery at Avalon Island, and Casselberry Art House. Ross received his art education at Oakland University, Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, and in master workshops taught by Stuart Shils. He has been influenced by the works of Henri Matisse, Giorgio Morandi, Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn and several fine contemporary artists, and maintains a full-time studio at McRae Art Studios in Orlando. He is represented by Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach.
The 41st Annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, will be held January 27-29, 2017 in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach. It features 225 artists, live entertainment in Riverside Park, a student art exhibit, and free children’s art projects.