Robert H. Farris Jr.

Robert Farris has been painting the objects and scenery of New England for thirty-two years. He paints in the manner of traditional realism using a technique of building up layers of glazing over a basic underpainting.

Robert says "Painting is not so much a desire as an obsession." The obsession began as a little boy's amusement. It was nurtured with lessons from noted Lynn artist Charles Impel, and grew under the instruction of Ruth Sparks. Robert then went on to study at Massachusetts College of Art.

Farris has a particular fascination with architecture. He often heads out with his sketch book to old sections of the North Shore recording something he saw earlier in his travels. He does finished paintings from these sketches in his studio.

"Išll paint on anything." states Farris, who once sketched a wild snowstorm on a napkin while riding in the back seat of a friend's car. After seeing what he wants to paint, and then sketching it, Farris can barely wait to begin putting oil on canvas. "I get so excited I just start painting, I can sense it. It's almost as if I can smell it."

As an associate member of Oil Painters of America, Farris participates in regional and national shows. He is also a professional member of the Society of Egg Tempera Painters, the American Society of Classical Realism, North Shore Art Association and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Robert has won numerous awards through many local art associations. In 1994, Farris won 11th place in The Artist's Magazine Competition, In 1996 he was inducted into the Grumbacher Hall of Fame and has received three prestigious Grumbacher Gold Medallion Awards.