“I am a visual person I prefer to speak in visual language, my art.”
“Just as some people prefer to communicate with the spoken language or the written language, I speak in visual language, by drawing, painting and sculpting my perceptions of the non-physical spaces that occupy my mind and the physical world around me. I love the processes of drawing, painting, and sculpting, exploring the mind for elements, visual symbols, which are related to each other directly and indirectly that interact to tell a story. I go and explore the land, to view, to feel the mood, to occupy the space, to watch the creatures; the deer, the bear, the lion, move amongst the grasses and the trees, to watch the light sculpt and define the surface of the land, to watch the power of changing climate, moving storm clouds, a tree bent in the wind or the calm at dusk. These observations are my dictionary, my bible, my well of thoughts that help me tell a story, the story of people, the story of land, the story of creatures, the story of ideas. Just as our lives are made of stories, a simple sentence, a quick jester of the hand, a verbal tale about a memory, I create visual drawings, paintings, a delicate line across paper, a dash of paint, color and texture, a finished work of art.”
ROBERT SPANNRING ART OF THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE 39 YELLOWSTONE TRAIL, PRAY, MONTANA 59065 spannringstudio.com E–Mail email@example.com Ph. (406) 220-0126
Robert Spannring since 1976 has been a fine Artist, during the first twenty years Robert worked as an illustrator and watercolorist. Much of these early years were developing his skills in drawing with pencil, pen and ink, watercolor washes. His subject matter was devoted to wildlife and the land they occupied. After attending Montana State University, in 1978 - 1980 his life drawing classes expanded his desire to seek other subjects, Robert began to explore still life’s, figure, and abstract objects.
Then in 1984-1986, working for Russell Chatham, provided Robert the opportunity to watch and learn different techniques in the painting profession. In 1987 – 1992 Robert became the Artist in Residence at Lake Hotel, after being awarded the contract to produce all the artwork for the Hotel renovation of which his work still hangs today in Yellowstone National Park.
1986 – 2001 Robert helped start the Wade Gallery with his wife Kelly Wade, then in 1990 started working part-time at the Gallery, in sales, framing, crating and exhibit preparation.
1992 – 2000 Robert focused on Illustration projects for different organizations, a founding member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, which is to preserve and identify the environmental needs of the area. Robert has worked for the National Forest Service, Montana Dept of Parks and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Boone and Crockett Club, and many other groups.
2001-2004 After many years being a Watercolorist, Robert decided to add oil painting to his other skills, for he has the desire to express ideas on a larger scale. This is an exciting time to attend workshops, build a new skill level, painting everyday, exploring new boundaries.
In 2003 Robert’s painting “One Canoe Tree” was accepted into the Journey’s End National Art Exhibit, 40 works of art were accepted out of 425 entries.
Spring of 2004, Robert’s oil painting “Light After the Storm” Paradise Valley was selected for the Salon International 2004, sponsored by GreenHouse Gallery of San Antonio, Texas. 244 painting were selected out of 700 entries. Plus Robert’s oil painting was chosen for an award, making the top fifty paintings in the exhibit.
C.M. Russell Western Art Show and Auction, Great Falls, Montana White Sulphur Spring Western Art Show, White Sulphur Spring, Montana Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana Park City Art Festival, Park City, Utah Art Faire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, California Copper King Western Art Show, Butte, Montana Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, Montana Arts 1992, Philadelphia Art Institute, Philadelphia, PA Journey’s End National Art Exhibition, Portland Oregon
1986 – 1990 Past Gallery Representation
Wade Gallery, Livingston, Montana Bighorn Galleries, Cody Wyoming Wild Wings Gallery, Jackson Wyoming Mountain Meadowlark Gallery, Laurel, Montana Yellowstone Galleries, Gardiner, Montana Hole in the Wall Gallery, Ennis, Montana Art Images, Bozeman, Montana
1990 – 2004 Present Gallery Representation
Wade Gallery – Valentine Fine Art, Livingston, Montana Toucan Gallery, Billings, Montana Angler Art and Gifts, Denver Colorado FirePlace Center and Gallery, Bozeman, Montana Hodges Fine Art, Big Timber, Montana Yellowstone Galleries, Gardiner, Montana
1987- 1992 Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park
2001 Scott Christensen, Scottsdale School of Art 2003 Zhang Wen Xin, Jim Wilcox’s Workshop
1992- 2004 Past and Present Illustration Clients
Boone and Crockett Club Bugle Boy Defenders of Wildlife Eagle Pass Ranch Greater Yellowstone Coalition Greg Lilly Fly Fishing Services KLB Exhibits - Black-Footed Ferret Project Bureau of Land Management Beaverhead National Forest Lolo Scenic Byway Project North Fork Project Yellowstone Arbor Day Project Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Project International Federation of FlyFishers Montana Audubon Council Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Roberts Reinhart Publishers, Letters from Yellowstone Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bugle Magazine Sasquatch Books, Field Guide to the Grizzly Bear Stackpole Books, Fly Casting for Everyone T.W. Services United States Forest Service Western States Publishers, North Face of Yellowstone
Robert resides in Pray, Montana in the middle of Paradise Valley.