North Lawn Tree, COA

North Lawn Tree, COA

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Original watercolor painting, 2020

(from the “Tree portraits” series)

“How do we relate to trees? Some feel huge and monolithic, inspiring awe. Others seem animated, eliciting wonder and humor. Most of my subjects are solitary images. This is how I achieve the vignette of “portrait.” Trees are most often part of a forest where they thrive. Yet the majority of the trees in my paintings reside on the edges of meadows and a few are located on the sides of roads. They are subjects that stand apart, and so we can identify with them singularly. Subjects are selected for the clarity and complexity of their structure and sense of gesture.” R.F.

MaterialsWatercolor on paper. Wooden frame (hanging)

Size: 51” x 40” (unframed) – 56” x 45” (framed)


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Rob Finn’s work was selected for the “green” group exhibition at FRIEDA (November 2021 – January 2022).

He also shared useful painting tips during the “Plein Air watercolor workshop” in October 2021. Rob raised in the Northeast, lived in California for 22 years and has recently returned to Philadelphia where he is focusing on watercolor explorations of trees. Finn attended Parsons School of Design in New York City and earned a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. Finn’s art is an investigation into the character of trees and how climate, geology and human society affect the morphology of each species. You can find more of Rob’s work at FRIEDA at 320 Walnut Street or check his website.


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