Rhody artists ~ Rob Rey

Artist’s name: Rob Rey
Shop name: robreyart
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/robreyart
Website: http://www.robreyart.com
Blog: http://robreyart.blogspot.com

1. Tell us about your work
I work primarily in oil paint and I like using energetic looking brush work to bring my pictures to life.
As an illustrator, I paint images for publication such as posters for the Boston Lyric Opera's 2008-2009 season, and characters for games like "Dungeons and Dragons."

I also work as a fine artist, taking portrait commissions and making figure and still life paintings that sell in galleries. I took part in a four person show last year at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, RI. and my still life painting "Brass Bowls" was displayed in last year's Oil Painters of America, National Juried Show in Scottsdale AZ.

In addition to my paintings I also do a lot of drawing, mostly in a sketchbook that a carry around with me everywhere I go. I like to draw people at coffee shops, in airports and anywhere else I find myself. Many of the prints in my Etsy shop are digitally colored versions of these drawings.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and I also had a short apprenticeship with illustrator, Jon Foster (http://www.jonfoster.com ), who also lives in Providence.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Truly from all aspects of my life, but especially from other artists and illustrators like J.C. Leyendecker, Alphonse Mucha, J.W. Waterhouse, Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret, N.C. Wyeth, Jeffrey Jones, Mark Zug, Malcolm Liepke, Nicolai Fechin, Richard Schmid, and many, many more.

4. What’s your favorite item to make?
In my case, I just love to paint! The prints that I sell in my Etsy store all require some fussing with my fancy printer, but I love making all of the images before I have to wrestle with that contraption.

5. What’s your best seller?
Definitely my Teabag painting with the green background. Though my pen and ink bird drawing is a close second.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
About 9 years since I first came to attend RISD.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love Providence and how, at least for me, it manages to have both a big city and a small town feel at the same time. I also love that there is plenty of nature to be had just outside the city limits. There's woods, there's beach, a little bit of everything all in one little place!

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
In addition to prints available on Etsy, please check my website or email me for pricing and availability of original oil paintings and commissioned portraits. (rob@robreyart.com)


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