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Robert Grogan paints in an impressionistic style that crosses the line into realism. His subjects are portrayed by the use of tightly controlled values, resulting in exquisite color harmony, and the details are added in such a subtle manner the viewer is surprised that they are often mere suggestions. Robert prefers painting on location--"en plein air", choosing landscapes as his primary subject matter. Often he uses the information captured in a small field sketch to expand his studio work. The challenge in his work is to allow the viewer to feel what it was like to be at that place, at that moment, surrounded by the beauty inherent in nature. Though basically self-taught, Robert has studied with some of America`s most respected landscape artists. He pursues painting with a constant dedication to study and improvement. He strongly believes that studying great paintings in books, museums, and galleries has been, and continues to be, essential to his art education. A popular plein air instructor, Robert occasionally teaches workshops in Idaho and South Africa. For the past several years, Robert and his wife Lee have been spending summers in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa. Robert has recorded his impressions of the landscape and the wildlife in a new book published by Random House Struik in Cape Town, South Africa. KALAHARI SUMMER IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND OILS is sold out but can often be found used on book-seller sites online. If you live in South Africa and are interested in Robert's book, please use the CONTACT button on this page.

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