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…

Receive updates on Robert Flanary…

View this artist's archived work

The Trout Creek

2021. Oil on canvas, 12″ x 9″. Painting only: $1,200.
Framed in a custom No. 320—2 1/2″ with carved flute. Quartersawn white oak with Dark Medieval stain. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $1,700.
BUY

Alder Brook

2021. Oil on canvas, 12″ x 9″. Painting only: $1,200.
Framed in a custom No. 320—2 1/2″ with carved flute. Quartersawn white oak with Dark Medieval stain. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $1,700.
BUY

Leaning Over the Cutbank

2021. Oil on panel, 7″ x 5″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a No. 26—1 3/4″ in quartersawn white oak with Dark Medieval stain. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $900.
BUY

Cows Along a River Bank

Oil on panel, 10″ x 8″.
Framed in a No. 300—2-1/4″ in quartersawn white oak with Dark Weathered stain. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $1,400.
BUY

A Shadowed Thicket

2016. Oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″. $2,500 painting only.
No. 2—3″. Quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval) with a 23kt gilt slip. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $3,250.
BUY

A Grove in the Lowlands

2015-2018. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″. Painting only: $4,000.
Framed in a custom mitered (carved scoop)—3 1/2″. Quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval stain) with a gilt slip. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $5,500.
BUY

Morning by a Pond

2015. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″. Painting only: $4,000.
Framed in a custom compound slope with carved cap. 4″ profile width in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval stain) and a carved 23kt gilt liner. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $5,700.
BUY