Robert Flanary

Currently residing in Chehalis, Washington, Robert Flanary has spent the last 40 years painting, drawing and etching the Washington, Coastal Oregon and Northern California landscapes. His exploration into tonalist plein air painting began years ago with morning expeditions along the riverbanks of the Little Spokane River in Washington state.

His most recent paintings are designed for the home environment, to function in understatement as part of an environment shared with other objects. They are low-key in tone to harmonize, analogous with furniture and accessories of natural tone and texture.

Conceived to rest quietly on the wall, each speaks in low light, from a particular distance. The paintings, through means of design, allow the viewer to experience his or her own thoughts and feelings while in the visceral state brought about by such harmony. The design of a tonal painting emphasizes the elements of value and subordinates color; mass is emphasized over line; the principle of unity emphasized over variety. Though subordinated, color, line and variety remain important through their relationship with their counterparts in asymmetrical harmony.

Robert’s work was featured in our February, 2015 show,  A Continuous Harmony: New tonalist paintings by Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl. View the show’s webpage…

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A Row of Farm Buildings

2017. Oil on board, 5″ x 7.” Framed in a custom mitered frame in quartersawn white oak (Medieval stain). $900.

A Morning Reverie

2017. Oil on canvas, 16” x 20”. Framed in No. 321—3-1/4″ in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval Oak stain), with gilt slip. $3,250.

A Light Spring Day

2016. Oil on board, 8″ x 10.” $1,000. Unframed.

Before a Summer Storm

2017. Oil on board, 8″ x 10.” $1,000. Unframed.

A Grove Near a Pond

2014. Oil on panel, 8″ x 10″.  Framed in No. 328—2-1/4″ with a gilt slip in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain).  $1,350.

Naselle, Winter

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. $935.

Glimpse of a Cow

2014, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. $935.

Landscape with Alders

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. $935.

By a Pond, Pale Tones

2016, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. $935.

Leaning Alders

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. $935.

Grove of Trees at a Distance

2013, Oil on board, 5″ x 7″. Framed in a custom mitered 1-3/4″ wide frame in quartersawn white oak with a Nut Brown stain. $765.

Bright Yellow Meadow

2013, Oil on board, 5″ x 7″. Framed in hand carved No. 108 CV—1-3/4” wide in quartersawn white oak with a Dark Medieval stain. $765.

Glimpse of Summer Cows on a Riverbank

2014, Oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Framed in #2.6cv – 1-3/4″ in quartersawn white oak with a Saturated Medieval stain. $975.

“Field, Hills and Trees”

2011. Oil on canvas. 7″ x 5”. Framed in No. 440 — 2” in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval Oak). $695.