As a full-time artist, working mostly in plein air, I appreciate the incredible beauty that surrounds us. I strive to reflect that beauty on canvas, utilizing light and color to create a scene that captures the eye and draws a person in to experience the atmosphere of the place.
Growing up in Ohio, I began drawing at an early age. My first art teacher, Louis Penfield, was a great mentor who encouraged me to sketch and paint from life. We created artwork and also constructed a studio adjacent to his home, built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether painting still life compositions or collecting material for natural sculptures, I was developing an awareness of the elegance of everyday objects, people and places.
During my time in the US Navy, I painted scenes of the ship in watercolor. Later, I relocated to the state of Washington and studied architectural engineering at Olympic College as well as art, and soon decided to focus on my artwork. Early influences were Deanne Lemley and Jane Wallace, both successful local artists.
In 2006 I joined the daily painters movement after reading about Duane Keiser and Julian Merrow Smith. I was motivated to enhance the quality of my paintings and I was inspired by the dedicated artists I met online. My artwork vastly improved as a result of this exposure and practice. Painting full-time now, primarily in oils, I hope to continue to grow as an artist, both in technical skill and artistic interpretation. I currently paint and teach at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, alongside printmaker and art instructor, Leigh Knowles Metteer.
I have attended numerous courses and workshops by outstanding artists such as Darrell Anderson, Jim Lamb and Ned Mueller. My paintings are represented by Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Galley on Bainbridge Island, The Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA and The Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte CO. I have sold hundreds of paintings from my website; my work is in both private and corporate collections worldwide.
R O B I N W E I S S
RECENT JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2018, Little Gems, Scott Milo Gallery
Michele Usibelli- juror
2017,Valleys to Vinyards, American Art Company, Tim Diebler-juror
2017, H2O Show, Artists Edge, Poulsbo, WA
2016, National Parks Exhibition, American Art Company, Jim McVicker-juror
2016, Edmonds Art Festival juried show, Michelle Usibelli , juror
2015, Meadows to Mountains, American Art Co., Michael Situ-Juror
2015, Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, St. Augustine, Florida
2014, Six Inch Squared Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Randy Higbee-Juror
2014, Natures Gift of Water, American Art Co.-Jeremy Lipking-Juror
2014, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Jim lamb-Juror
2014, Art Outside, art/EAST Intimate Landscape Exhibition, Joyce Prigot- Juror
2014 16th Annual Expressions Northwest, Northwind Arts Alliance Greg Robinson- Juror
2014 15th Annual Maritime art Exhibition, Luke Tornatzki- Juror
2014 Edmonds Art Festival juried show, Dianna Shyne- Juror
2013 State Parks Centennial Exhibition, Eric Jacobson-juror
2013 Edmonds Art Festival juried show, Jeannie Grisham - Juror
2012 Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Kathleen Moles - Juror
2011 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show, Tracy Fugami - Juror
2011 Northwind Arts Alliance “Into the Woods” Juried Show, David Sessions - Juror
2010 Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Jake Seniuk - Juror
2010 Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival Juried Show, Anna Hoey - Juror
2009 Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival Juried Show, Juan Rodrequez - Juror
2009 First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition - Sandy Askey Adams - Juror
2018, Featured Artist at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle, April 2018
2018, "Anniversary Show", Cole Gallery
2017, "Seattle , Edmonds and Beyond. Featured artist show, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
2017, Alki Arts, Old Home Week Exhibit
Brace Point Pottery, West Seattle
2016, Out in the Open, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, David Sessions- juror
2015, Howard Mandville Small Works Show
2014 Carrie Goller Gallery, Small Works Show, Poulsbo WA.
2013 The Seaside Gallery , Group Exhibition with The Plein Air Painters of Washington
2013 The Harbor Steps gallery, Featured Artist Exhibition, Seattle
2013 Alki Arts , Featured Artist Exhibition , West Seattle
2011 Arts in the Woods at Knowles Studio - Poulsbo, Washington
2011 Director’s Gallery Solo Show - Bainbridge Island, Washington
2011 Art Walk Group Show at Alki Arts - West Seattle, Washington
2010 Arts in the Woods at Knowles Studio - Poulsbo, Washington
2010 Art Walk Group Show at Alki Arts - West Seattle, Washington
2008 Washington Academy of Music Group Show - Selverdale, Washington
2007 Frodel Gallery Solo Show at Westsound Academy - Poulsbo, Washington
2007 Checkers Espresso Gallery “Line of Sight” Solo Show - Poulsbo, Washington
2007 Arts in the Woods at Knowles Studio - Poulsbo, Washington
2006 Northwest Design Center Solo Show - Poulsbo, Washington
2006 Checkers Espresso Gallery “Second Glances” Solo Show - Poulsbo, Washington
2006 Arts in the Woods at Knowles Studio - Poulsbo, Washington
2019, Artist Choice Award for body of work completed at the Two Rivers Plein Air competition, New Braunfels, Texas.
2018, Best of Show, Central City Plein Air Festival
2018, Second Place, Winslow Plein Air
2018, First Place, 72 hour painting, Paint Out Poulsbo
Max Hayslette, Evy Halvorson-jurors
2018, Second Place, Plein Air, Paint Out Poulsbo.
Max Hayslette, Evy Halvorson-jurors
2018, Best of Show, Little Gems, Scott Milo Gallery.
2018, Honorable Mention, 5th Annual Plein Air Festival, Quick Draw, Lighthouse Art Center, Nancy Tankersley-juror
2017, Honorable Mention, Valleys to Vinyards, American Art Company, Tim Deibler-juror
2017, Best in Master Class, ArtMuse online contest, Charlie Bogusz- juror
2017, Second Place, Quick Draw, Paint the Peninsula, Susan Olgilvie-juror
2017, Best Architecture, Paint the Peninsula,Port Angeles fine Art Center,
2017, Second Place, Quick Draw
4th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, George Van Hook- juror
2016, Gamblin, Best Use of Color Award, National Parks Show, American Art Co., Jim McVicker-juror
2016, Spirit of the Peninsula Award, Paint the Peninsula,
2016, First Place Award, Winslow Plein Air
2016, Third Place Award, Edmonds Art Festival
2015, First Place award, Alderbrook Plein Air Open
2015, Best of Show, Artists Choice award for best body of work and Lighthouse managers award, Paint the Peninsula 2015 , Gil Dellinger - juror
2015, Best of Show, Crested Butte Plein Air Open, Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Shaun Horn- juror
2014 Best Plein Air, Natures Gift of Water, American Art Co., Jeremy Lipking-juror
2014 Second Place,Quick Draw, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Paint the Peninsula, Jim Lamb-juror
2014 Third Place art/EAST Intimate Landscape Exhibition, Mitch Albala -juror
2014 Second Place, Minatures, Edmonds Art Festival, Dianna Shyne- juror
2013 Peoples Choice, Washington State Parks Exhibition, American Art Co.
2013 Honorable Mention, Washington State Parks Exhibition, American Art Co, Eric Jacobson -juror
2013 First Place, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Paint the Peninsula, Quick Draw, Ned Mueller- juror
2013 Third Place, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Paint the Peninsula, Ned Mueller- juror
2013 Second Place, Gallery North, “Beauty of the Northwest” plein air exhibition , juror,
2012 Poster Contest Winner and Honorable Mention at Gallery North Plein Air Show - Edmonds, Washington
2010 Best of Show and People’s Choice at Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival - Kingston, Washington
2009 First Place, Best of Show and People’s Choice at Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival - Kingston, Washington
2009 Judges Choice Award at First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition
2016 Plein Air Magazine, Figures in Context,
page 45 , May 2016
2014 Plein Air Magazine, Painting Buildings and Cityscapes, page 32, Nov, 2014
2014 Natures gift of Water, Plein Air Washington Artists.
2013 Plein Air Magazine , Artists painting artists feature , page 114, March/April edition, 2013
2011 Cover of The Wild Fish Conservancy Journal
2011 Artwork for The Northwest Regional Budget
2010 Cover of “48 Degrees North” Sailing Magazine
2009 City Living Publishing, Article in Capital Hill newspaper
2009 Cover of “Opening the World” Book of Poems by Dale Favier - Pindrop Press
2009 Cover of Longborough Festival Opera - Longborough, England
2008 Cover of Longborough Festival Opera - Longborough, England
Knowles Studio, Poulsbo, WA.
The Cole Gallery, Edmonds , WA
Alki Arts Gallery – Online
Oh Be Joyful Galley, Crested Butte, CO.
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