My judging process hopefully tends to be pretty consistent in approach. Although as you come into some exceptional shows, it does become challenging. I continually look for where and how the artist is making decisions within the works. I look for how deep they pursue questions as they work through the piece – most of the time it is apparent. It defines the quality and depth of the works. I always approach each piece based on where I feel the artist is moving and where their intent is. Is it successful and confident in delivery? How the piece initially impacts the viewer? How the artist is using and exceeding the media? What story or emotion are they delivering? How they apply composition, movement, color, value and light. I feel this applies to all media and styles. In this, it keeps my approach level, keeping me looking at works and keeps me involved in the values of the show and not my personal tastes. I am always excited to view shows in this approach and always find myself growing, learning and energized. Thank you for asking me to participate with your work, and keep painting.
Williamsburg based artist, Bob Oller, born 1954, Louisville, KY, holds a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida. He began life as an illustrator, and has been working as a fine artist most of his life. His residence and studio are now based in Williamsburg, VA since 1981. Collectors of his work range from many national and international corporations such as Altria Corp, The Royal Collection, the Merck family, Riverside Medical to Private collectors around the world. Oller has a passion for mountains, history, people and Caribbean subject matter. His fascination of trees and nature, as well as people, gives a wide window of opportunity for his creative expression. He works in graphite, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and vector medias. Oller’s artistic passion goes past the canvas to the classroom and field school. He is a passionate Plein Air Artist and has won many plein air awards over the past 10 years. Oller teaches from his studio and often a field, teaching a range of students from professional artists, students to children. He will be returning to teaching in Puerto Rico, Jamaca and Cuba this year. Oller has been blessed to judge many art shows and loves to support the growth of artists."Hopefully my art and teaching creates an excitement of life and memories. My toolsâ€¦ light, movement and color."
Visit Bob’s website at boboller.com