Robert L Soltau
Why do I paint? Because I must!
My art is inspired by the colors and shapes found in nature, earth history, science, music, and reflections and refractions of light in some of the most unlikely of places. Specific examples are the horizon, rock formations, the ocean and sky, leopard spots, and the shapes and colors of trees and jungle vegetation.
Colors, shapes, transitions, and rhythmic flows all come into play as pathways of expressing the urges that inspire me. Sunsets. birds, people, and my expired cat, Ying Yang, have sparked my creative yearnings. My art spans a broad range of genres from realism to the purely abstract. Some demonstrate a wild blending of colors while others, I call design pieces, display bright individual colors. There's so much to be said, one genre can't encompass it.
Integrating three dimensional fragmentary materials into my art has been a hallmark of mine. Sometimes they are quite small and other times they are like beautifully colored and naturally shaped pieces of ceramic, flowing floss, little branches of wood, and whatever else in the future spurs my creative juices. I try to use objects in such a way that they are unrecognizable as what they are and are highly integrated into the piece. I use them often to express flow and motion.
I create new pieces of art compulsively whenever time is available. To paraphrase Anton Chekhov, government was my work, but art is my mistress. I feel I'm integrating the colors, using my surface as a palate, blending and layering colors upon one another.
My application of paint is described as “impressionistic” and use of colors as highly contrasted and startling. I want my art to be color saturated, intense and surprising, while seeking design that is balanced, harmonious, graceful, and free flowing. For years I used acrylic paint but now I'm painting mostly in oils which I find more exciting and intense.
Philosophically, I feel art is often a struggle as well as a pleasure. There can be a lot of thought and uncertainty involved. Frequently I get up in the middle of the night to peruse a half-finished creation and I am in contention within myself about what I should do to it next. It can be very difficult and challenging, but I hope you will agree in the end it has rather unique outcomes.
Robert L. Soltau
742 Bayside #402
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
PLEASE ENJOY MY PRESENTATION AND FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME TO DISCUSS A PIECE OR TO CREATE A PAINTING ON COMMISSION.
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Art Gallery of Viera 2014
Home Gallery 2015
Art Auction 2016
Waterside Café in Cape Canaveral 8-2018
Rockford Symphony Gala 2013
Art Galley of Viera 2014
Home Gallery 2016
Studio of Cocoa Beach Visiting Artist 2017