CANADIAN ARTIST ROBERT HUFFMAN

 

Robert Huffman was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1951, and grew up on a farm north of the city in Thurlow Township. He demonstrated artistic talent in early childhood, and was painting in oils by the age of eleven, featuring landscapes of his rural surroundings.

After a brief period of formal training at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Huffman was employed in graphic arts in that city for 10 years. During that time, he continued working in oils, making frequent trips North to the Canadian Shield country for landscape subject matter. He also worked extensively in print-making, and showed his work in Toronto and Belleville galleries.

In 1981, Huffman returned to the countryside of his youth, and since that time has been self-employed as a fine artist. His disciplines include paintings in oils and watercolours, charcoal and pencil sketches, print-making, and designing and building in stained glass.

He has exhibited extensively in Belleville and the surrounding area, including three one-man shows at Belleville Public Library Gallery. He has received awards in juried shows, and has been commissioned by Hastings County Board of Education and other institutions for painting and stained glass windows.

A high pine bluff overlooking a wind-blown northern lake...paper white birch trees leaning above autumn reflections in a quiet pond...the pristine stillness of a blue-shadowed winter trail in the woods. These are among the many subjects of Robert Huffman's paint brush. Whether in the jewelled intimacy of a 6" x 8" plein-aire sketch or in the sprawling gestural brushwork of a 36" x 48" canvas, Huffman explores the possibilities of the expressive colours of our native landscape.

Huffman grew up in Hastings County where he began painting as a child. After formal training at Ontario College of Art and work in commercial art in Toronto, he returned to the fields and forest of his youth for his inspiration.

His work includes various commissions and one-man shows and has received awards in juried shows, including Best in Show, ECOAA Algonquin Park Exhibit in 2000. Huffman has also served as Artist in Residence, Bon Echo Park.

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