The challenge in this work was to execute it simply without overthinking the process. To this end, I included only minimal detail in order to let the graphic shapes of the sails and the large areas of color to remain important. Visual tension is created by the intersection of the massed clouds and the tops of the mostly white sails. The sides are painted brown, and it arrives ready to hang.

- Robert Hofherr

Calm Before the Storm

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 24" w x 1.37" d
2 lbs. 8 oz.



Robert Hofherr
Belcamp, Maryland

Getting to Know Robert

Robert Hofherr avoids depicting a landscape exactly as he sees it or as the viewer might expect. Instead, he enjoys reimagining landscapes and painting his pieces indoors at a fairly rapid pace. The works of French Fauve artists Maurice de Vlaminck and André Derain initially got him interested in painting, and also influenced his decision to not use grey in his works. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, walking his dogs and taking road trips to out-of-way places in the mid-Atlantic region. He currently lives in Maryland.