Colors, as used by the Fauvists, the challenge of composition and the excitement of discovery impact Bob Coonts' work and style. Animals, plants, landscapes and people provide a wealth of subject matter. Combining a sense of warmth, graceful movements and detail give release to a style bordering on abstract but reflecting a true image.
Bob has developed a unique style. It is stylized, often whimsical, always colorful and strong in design and composition. He likes to combine both realism and abstraction in one piece. Sometimes the subject may be more stylized in its form and other times the form might be more realistic.
Bob's paintings can evoke an emotional response from the viewer. An art critic once suggested that his art could be described as Abstract Surrealism. Mythology, Nature, Native American, Celtic, Asian, Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman art are strong influences in his work. Bob's work also reflects a Gustave Klimt feel as well as influences from Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and the modern day Chuck Close.
Bob uses geometric shapes, circles, triangles, squares and other forms, such as arrows and concentric circles. The arrow, used by early Native Americans in many of their animal images found on pottery and petroglyphs, represents the heart line. The heart line was believed to be the strength, source, and breath of life for a particular animal. Bob uses the arrow as a design element and feels that it helps give his paintings a sense of movement as well as suggesting the four directions.
1% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.