Robert Johnson & Cinda Kostyak in the Tea Room Gallery
Robert A. Johnson Artist Statement: Bob Johnson is a graduate of Aero Space Engineering and Naval Architecture. He has been intrigued by watercolors and the artists that paint them from an early age and took his first watercolor course in 1986 after returning to Penn State as a Program Manager at the Applied Research Lab. His return to State College provided opportunities to attend artist’s retreats at Hameau Farm in Reedsville in the 90s where he met James Farrah who inspired Bob in his pursuit of the watercolor medium. However, travel and work commitments left Bob with little time to pursue his art.
Upon his retirement from the University in 2002, Bob began dedicating more time to painting, taking Ollie courses under the leadership of Jim Cartey and increasing his interest in that medium. A few years ago, national watercolorist and instructor, Jim Farrah moved from his home in Arizona and returned to Central Pennsylvania. Since that time, Jim has become Bob’s teacher and mentor, as well as a good friend. Bob has been pleased with his continuous improvement while working with Jim.
Sixteen years in Ship Design with the U.S. Navy and his interest in all things nautical are often reflected in Bob’s paintings of ships, boats, and seascapes. Bob’s mission work with his wife Bonnie (travelling to Nicaragua 11 times over a 13 year period) resulted in a love for the country and its people that also appear in Bob’s paintings.
Bob is a member of the Artist Registry at the Bellefonte Art Museum and continually strives to become more proficient in his watercolor painting.
Cinda Kostyak Biography: I am a Penn State alumna with a B. A. in Art (oil painting focus), B. S. in Art Education, and a Masters in Counselor Education. I retired from Penn State University after 24 years and now enjoy a retirement filled with painting, travel, and grandchildren. I particularly enjoy following the fisherman in my life and painting en plein air be it along the bank of a trout stream, standing on a dock on a Canadian lake, or painting in a motor boat or kayak.
I am a member of the Bellefonte Art Museum, State College Art Alliance and Downtown Gallery, Carlisle Artist Learning Center, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and the Farmland Preservation Artists. My media of choice include oil, pastel, and watercolor.
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