As a young desk assistant working at WCBS in New York City, Rob was deeply influenced by the time he spent at the Museum of Modern Art, looking at Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Picasso channeled the emotional horror of war. Monet revealed the breathtaking power of something as simple as water. From this experience, Rob learned the importance of discovering the emotional center of his subject. He began to reflect on the ways that beauty and agony can be intertwined, both in nature, and in the human experience.
From Picasso and Monet, he also learned to let his subject matter shape his artistic vision. Rather than approach his landscapes with a preconceived narrative, or with overbearing technique, Rob’s images are conceived as an act of careful listening, watching, observing, and waiting. His subjects, reflecting the vicissitudes of man and nature, are always at the heart of his work. This patience and compassion are Rob’s signature qualities. They lend his work the emotional authenticity he first grasped in his days as a museum-goer.