Oil and Dry pastel work featuring the Hudson Valley, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.
Being able to put reasonably good images down on paper seems to have been something I came with. Recently, I was in touch with a friend I was in Grammar School with. As he recounted, when I transferred into 2nd Grade, it was soon evident that I was the best Artist in the class. As I recall, I was really good at seagulls!
Plein Air painting is by far my favorite excercise. Living in the lower Hudson Valley has provided me with much satisfaction, and trips to New England and Montana have been icing on the cake. Sadly, I was not very good at keeping images of work earlier than about 2001, but wanted to present what I do have in a sensible way.
Special Thanks to Jes Minardi - who cut out all the BS and showed me real smart basic approaches to painting.
Bob Westerfield (°1947, United States) is an artist who mainly works with painting in oils and dry pastels.
By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Westerfield tries to focus on the activity of presenting the character, shape or content of the artwork to render a momentary glimpse of light and form with the intention of presenting this moment to the viewer.
"I try in my paintings to establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver."
Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination and to try to place that imagination at the site and time of the painting.
His works are presented with the aim not to provide an idealistic view but to identify where light and the environment are important. The energy of a place and its emotional and spiritual vibrations are always important.
Bob Westerfield currently lives and works in Tarrytown, New York.