Robert DuncanPainting The Things That Mean The Most

deemarie · December 26, 2005 7:29 am

Robert Duncan has painted professionally for about 25 years. He has worked as a commercial artist and for many years was dedicated to the fine art of the great American West. Robert was elected into the Cowboy Artists of America, and won two silver medals in their annual exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Robert, his wife Linda, and their 6 children live in northern Utah. Renderosity is proud to present our interview with artist Robert Duncan.
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How did you begin your love affair with art? I started painting when I was about four or five-years-old. My grandmother had given me paints and free lessons. Then, I studied art at the University of Utah. Do you have a favorite of your own work? Yes, it's called Mother and son it is of my wife, and our son as a baby.
Message2493368.jpg Mother and Son Robert Duncan
Who are your favorite artists? That's a difficult question. I like so many! I think I would choose turn of the century artists like John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, and N. C. Wyeth. I was touched by N.C. Wyeth's letters to his family they were inspiring. What else inspires you? Every day presents something new, some new inspiration. People interacting with one another, and with the environment. Home and family inspires me. Simple things are more satisfying and yet profound. Things that make you reach inside yourself and that give you peace.
Message2480334.jpg A Quiet Place Robert Duncan
What is your favorite medium, and have you ever tried your hand at digital art? Oil is what I have always used. As to digital art not really, or not much. I did do a logo for a local trails system on the computer. What is your impression of digital art? For me, the difference in digital art and traditional art is in what flows from hand to brush. Or, from the artist through the brush. The heart doesn't come through. Now I am a huge fan of Pixar and of the things the Studio's have accomplished. But imperfections are missing those things that give the work uniqueness. If you look at work that's been most historically significant you, see that they may not be technically perfect, but it's the connection between the artist and the brush. It will be interesting to see where it goes. What are you working on now? Paintings of my granddaughter and tulips; my granddaughter and grandson pulling a sleigh; and a neighbor girl with a mason jar. I've just returned from New England and will be doing some scenes from there: fishing villages, flowers.
Message2480340.jpg Lovers Robert Duncan
What would you like to paint that you haven't? I would paint more in Europe. And, more figures without stories. I'm thinking of the work of Gustav Klimt, the colors, the fabric, the women.
Message2480336.jpg Companions Robert Duncan
Tell me about your characters, who are they? About 60% are family, the rest are friends and neighbors in neighborhood settings. How do you work, from photographs or memory? Both I use photos and I paint out-of-doors to keep the colors true. Sometimes I have people pose, and sometimes I paint from memory.
Message2493398.jpg Menagerie Of Friends Robert Duncan
What advice would you give aspiring artists? Paint what matters most to you early in your career. Don't think of yourself as a student but as an artist. Study the basics and become technically adept. Most importantly, find yourself! In closing, what would you like to say to your many fans? The things I paint aren't memories but things we can save if it's in our hearts. I paint what is most important to me. I moved away from western art years ago to paint what I wanted to paint the most. What I feel is meaningful and important: beauty for the sake of beauty, for the fun of it. I paint what I love.
Message2493933.jpg 'O Christmas Tree Robert Duncan
I also paint out of a concern that we are losing sight of the things that have a profound impact on our souls and well-being. We seem to be in a mad rush to progress, but there are some things that haven't been improved upon for centuries. If each of us contributes just a little, we can preserve the things that matter. We all need nature in our lives. We need fresh air and open spaces.
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Article Comments

voske ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 26 December 2005

Your images feel all natural and lifelike.Breathtaking Beautiful!!!Superb Artwork!!

rain ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 26 December 2005

What beautiful work! I have some of your cards stuck on my wall in my computer corner. I get such joy from looking at them. You're one of my favourite painters :)

Virtual_World ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 26 December 2005

Very beautiful artwork!!!

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 27 December 2005

Beautiful work and thank you so much for sharing with us.

brookekroegerdesigns ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 27 December 2005

I am a huge fan of your work, thanks for allowing us a glimsp of your thoughts and processes.

kimariehere ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 27 December 2005

TOday looking at your work I am blown away and deeply inspired by the quality and beauty of your talent and mastery .. your lightin and style almost have a rockwell kincade appeal and charm that delights and amazes . I would love to have your work hanging in my home oneday. thank you for sharing on here..i am in awe- Kimarie

briannahdayne ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 29 December 2005

Your artwork is so beautiful. I am amazed at how deeply you capture the essence of your subjects in such detail. To own one of your masterpieces would be worth more then any monetary price. Look forward to your future works.

Angel1 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 30 December 2005

Just Gorgeous!!! I could look at these images all day! Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 31 December 2005

Robert Duncan's images are truly magical. Thank you so much Vicki for another outstanding interview!

HandspanStudios ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 31 December 2005

I am glad to have this introduction to your work, it's very inspiring to me, along with your insights.

bbovee ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 January 2006

Such a delight to read the interview. I've been in awe of your talent and appreciative of your work for many years. I agree, the lighting is reminiscent of Kinkade. The faces are captured with a similarity to the insight of Sandra Kuck. Born and raised in New England, I am partial to the snow scenes...many memories. Prior to moving to Florida I purchased two of your paintings. To this day, they 'take me home'. Your farm and garden scenes take me to places I'd like to be. Thank you for gifting us with visual ambience!

Neec ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 January 2006

I have been a fan of Robert Duncan's art for a long time. It seems each image stirs up some memory about someone or some event in my past. Your interview with him was a pleasure to read! Thank you for always providing us with some insight into the artist behind the art with your fab interviews. Great job Vicki!