Founded in 2002, the Society encourages the creation of watercolor at all skill levels and promotes interest, appreciation and enjoyment of watercolor and watermedia. Please feel free to attend one of our meetings. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted.
Monday, November 21, 2016
FEATURED ARTIST - ROBERT THORNBURGH
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you
I have been a member of the GCWS for two months. I joined because I recently retired from
government service in Washington D.C and moved to the Cincinnati area. I used to teach art and thought it would be
fun to reengage in the art community. I truly have a passion for painting.
Going For The Gold
What are some of your artistic achievements?
My work is included in several prominent collections
including Whirlpool Corporation, Marion Power Shovel, Wyandot Popcorn, the
Cellar Memorial Art Gallery, the Law offices of Brent Harraman and former
Manager of the New York Yankees, Billy Martin. I won “Best of Show for my
painting “The Family Tree” from the Marion Juried Fine Arts Festival. I have received
rewards and recognition in various juried art shows in the Central Ohio area. Currently I am working on private commissions and preparing a
body of work for my upcoming show in Middletown, Ohio.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
My work is a response to and an exploration of the vibrant
multicultural experiences from my youth.
I grew up on the South side of Cleveland, Ohio at a time when everyone
lived in ethnic neighborhoods. The
beauty and excitement of the diversity I witnessed infuse its energy into all
of my expressions as an artist.
These impressions from my childhood find me consistently
searching for variety and color in every corner of my life.Reflections of these moments are at the core
of my work.
I use watercolors as the primary pathway to connect my inner
life and experiences with the outer world; they provide a fluid medium that
always surprises and delights during the creative process.I don’t feel bound by convention and use
multiple techniques and experimentation; even occasionally cutting into the
surface of the paper.I allow the looser
nature of the paints to provide enhancement or counterbalance to the tighter
elements of the work.I love to layer
the colors so that their luminescent character shines through while still
allowing the viewer to see and feel the brushwork.
While working, I am engrossed in the process.Every brushstroke is a decision, a
counterstroke, a correction or enhancement, or the start of a new visual
pathway.I want the viewer to join me on
a journey to see not only what I see, but to discover some visual elements that
bridge an emotional resonance with the piece.
How long have you been painting?
I have been painting
all of my life. I painted professionally
for approximately 15 years, before going to work for the Federal
Government. I took a 28 year hiatus and
have re-emerged two months ago to pursue a professional career while feeding my
passion to paint and create.
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you
Pen and Ink.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
People, places and things. Inspiration is everywhere.
Are you a teacher?
Yes. I taught art professionally for 17 years.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (i.e., is
painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I want to be in professional shows and organizations. Ultimately I would like to see my works in
institutions, galleries, museums, and collections.