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images artist Robert Selkowitz creates in
oil and pastel bring to the viewer a sense of spiritual renewal and
healing. The paintings depict real places
where nature offers recreation to the human spirit, easing stress and
strengthening life force. Robert is a leader in the Arts in
Healthcare movement, which recognizes the healing power of
Please review Robert's Lectures
by: Pierre Provencal
"That’s where I want to be!" is often the first
response of a viewer of a Robert Selkowitz painting. The paintings
have the power to bring the experience of being there in a place
where tension melts and life is enjoyed.
Through his Sunlight Studio,
located in Ashokan, New York, near the historic Woodstock art colony,
Robert has coordinated the building of art collections for healthcare
facilities, bringing additional artists into a group and publishing
their work, along with his own, in photoprint editions. He has developed
connections with Arts in Healthcare facilitators throughout the
world. Front Porch, a non-profit organization
which operates retirement, active adult living, skilled nursing
and affordable housing communities, is publishing a 2007
calendar featuring porch paintings by Robert Selkowitz.
Front Porch represents Robert’s combined
interests in arts and healthcare and communities of aspiration.
"I have been creating painting using
porches and verandas as settings for the compositions for about
25 years. They had a universal appeal and people bought them for
their homes and offices. I chose the compositions because there
was an aspect that arrested my attention, there was a beauty I felt
that could be translated to a painting and felt by the viewer."
Selkowitz - Artist Statement
by: Michael Saporito
am a landscape painter and I paint what I see. When I see something
that strikes me as beautiful, that inspires a feeling of excitement
through my eyes, that’s what I want to paint. My paintings
and drawings convey the experience of nature and the landscape
to inspire both stimulation and tranquility by embodying an
emotional reality of rejuvenation.
me, creating a painting is a combination of heart and mind.
I have to fall in love with the Beauty of what I am seeing,
and also need to see the emerging composition, the strategy
for making a painting from this initial vision. For me, the
alchemy of my art is the instilling of life in the work, which
is felt by the viewer. more
Selkowitz' Lectures and Articles
focus on the powerful renewing aspect of art is the result of years
of tireless travel and research. He has sought out places
where this energy is palpable, studying dozens of Communities of Aspiration
which grew in response to the renewing sense of place which nurtured
these feelings. He has created a body of work representing a diverse
North American landscape from Seaside, Florida to Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia, from Telluride, Colorado to Chautauqua, New York. Robert has
lectured and led art workshops in many of these places.
Path" books by Robert Selkowitz are filled with beautiful
reproductions of his works in pastels and oils. Choosing the landscapes
he is most moved by and familiar with, the two books feature work done
in the Catskills Mountains of New York State, and Cape Breton Island,
Nova Scotia. Find out more here.
by:John Gillis, Inverness Oran