Robert Dove

Ges­tu­ral im­agery

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Living in Wi­chita Falls, Texas, artist Robert Dove finds in­spi­ra­tion in the nat­u­ral world around him. Among his sub­jects are the beau­ti­ful sun­sets and lands, as well as horses and cow­boys that pop­u­late the re­gion in which he lives. His work is im­pres­sion­is­tic in style where the brush­strokes are ap­plied with ease, which he finds to al­low the can­vas to breathe.

“Cap­tur­ing the move­ment of­ten in­spires me to mix tex­ture with light and dark color val­ues,” says Dove. “I am of­ten deeply en­grossed in the paint­ing that I am work­ing on.” Each work he cre­ates is ref­er­en­tial, rather than pho­to­graphic, where he will use his knowl­edge of horses and ranching life as a start­ing point.

For in­stance, his paint­ing Neck n Neck is a scene in­spired by one he of­ten wit­nesses on his own farm. “I have sev­eral horses that of­ten get into a race with each other, es­pe­cially when they feel fresh in the cool morn­ings,” Dove de­scribes. An­other of his pieces, Break­ing Loose, de­picts the com­mon rodeo theme of a buck­ing bronco that came about from a friend’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dove shares, “It started with a friend of mine that al­ways bragged about how good his horse was and how much money he won in ranch sort­ing. Well, we were warm­ing our horses up be­fore a com­pe­ti­tion and his horse broke loose and be­came unglued. The horse bucked for a solid five min­utes and of course my friend landed on his back, and the horse kept on buck­ing.”

He also will paint scenes us­ing friends and his horses as mod­els, to cre­ate im­ages of the Old West. Mys­tic Creek is an ex­am­ple. “The horse in the paint­ing is ac­tu­ally one of my horses. Her name is Star Bells,” Dove says. “The In­dian is a friend of mine who is full-blooded Cherokee. His name is Small Bull. I of­ten use him and my horses as mod­els in my paint­ings.”

Two of Dove’s paint­ings have been ac­cepted into the Red River Val­ley Mu­seum’s 17th In­ter­na­tional Juried Art Show that kicks off with a pre­view party on June 1. The show, which fea­tures the work of 27 artists from six states, runs through July 27.

Break­ing Loose, oil on can­vas, 48 x 36"

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