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 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.

Tall Trees by a Riverbank #2

2014. Oil on panel, 9″ x 6.” Framed in No. 488 in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval stain). This frame has a gentle convex face sloping slightly into the picture with a bead element near the sight edge. $1,050.

Tall Trees by a Riverbank #1

2014. Oil on panel, 9″ x 6″.  Framed in No. 488 in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval stain). This frame has a gentle convex face sloping slightly into the picture with a bead element near the sight edge. $1,050.

Pastoral with Sheep

2015, Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″. Framed in custom mitered  3” in quartersawn white oak with Medieval stain and 23kt gilt slip. $1,875.

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.

Autumn Composition, Five Young Trees

2014, Oil on panel, 8″ x 10″. Framed in #1.2cv – 2-1/4″ in quartersawn white oak with a Saturated Medieval stain. $1,025.

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.

Big Cloud Behind a Hill

2014, Oil on panel, 8″ x 10″. Framed in No. 403 CV—2-1/4″ wide in walnut with a Dark Medieval stain. $1,130.

Trees on a Sloping Hill

2013, Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″. Framed in Compound No. 2—3” + Cap 16 CV—1-1/8”, in quartersawn white oak (Dark Weathered Oak), with No. 16 CV liner in 23 kt gold leaf. $4,350.

Overlook and Birches

2014, Oil on board, 6″ x 8″. Framed in No. 240 All-CV—2-1/2”, in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval Oak stain) with 23kt gilt slip. $1,285.

“Field, Hills and Trees”

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