Mountain Man


20 X 16
29 X 25 Framed
Oil on Board

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Robert Dorman still owns the tiny cowboy boots that his parents bought him when he was 3 years old. Indeed, Dorman’s fascination with the history and myths of the West began early and continues today in his artwork. “I guess I never really grew out of my intrigue with the mountain men, cowboys, and folk heroes,” Dorman says.

Although Florida, where he makes his home, is not exactly known for cattle ranches or cowboys, there are, in fact, rodeos that take place about 10 miles from his front door. Dorman also regularly travels to the West to get additional inspiration and reference material for his paintings, which depict ranchers, riders, and rodeos. He has a special interest in portraying what he believes is the strong bond that exists between riders and their trusty steads.

Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Howard Terpning, and Clark Hulings are among the artists who have influenced his current painting style, Dorman says. Whether he is creating figurative, landscape, wildlife, or western works, the paintings usually feature an impressionistic background with realistic focal points. Having been a commercial artist for many years, Dorman carries a few tools of the advertising trade with him into his fine-art career. “It is important to me to express detail in my paintings, to enjoy the process of creating and telling a story, and then to share the enjoyment with others,” he says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

From: Southwest Art | July 15, 2014

Robert Dorman Painting, Oil on Board 20 X 16 (Interest categories: Oil on Board, Rifle, Western, Painting, Western Art, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Robert Dorman Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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