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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Pearly Morning Light

2016. Oil on canvas, 16″ x 20.” $2,500. Unframed.

A Shadowed Thicket

2016. Oil on canvas, 16″ x 20.” $2,500. Unframed.

A Solitary Grove

2012. Oil on panel, 8″ x 6.” $700. Unframed.

Summer Spire

2018. Oil on panel, 9″ x 12.” $1,100. Unframed.

A Grove in the Lowlands

2015-2018. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24.” $4,000. Unframed.

The Greening of the Fen

2018. Oil on panel, 12″ x 9.” $1,100. Unframed.

Light Sky through a Shadowed Grove

2018. Oil on panel, 9″ x 6.” Painting only: $700.
Framed in a custom mitered frame 2 1/4” profile width, Quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval). Frame price: $300. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $1,000.

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 Row of Farm Buildings

2017. Oil on board, 5″ x 7.” Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered frame in quartersawn white oak (Medieval stain). Frame price: $250. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $900.

Naselle, Winter

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. Frame price: $285. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $935.

Glimpse of a Cow

2014, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. Frame price: $285. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $935.

Landscape with Alders

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. Frame price: $285. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $935.

By a Pond, Pale Tones

2016, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Weathered stain. Frame price: $285. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $935.

Leaning Alders

2015, oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-1/2” profile in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. Frame price: $285. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $935.

Grove of Trees at a Distance

2013, Oil on board, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $500.
Framed in a custom mitered 1-3/4″ wide frame in quartersawn white oak with a Nut Brown stain. Frame price: $265. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $765.

Bright Yellow Meadow

2013, Oil on board, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $500.
Framed in hand carved No. 108 CV—1-3/4” wide in quartersawn white oak with a Dark Medieval stain. Frame price: $265. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $765.

Glimpse of Summer Cows on a Riverbank

2014, Oil on panel, 5″ x 7″. Painting only: $650.
Framed in #2.6 CV – 1-3/4″ in quartersawn white oak with a Saturated Medieval stain. Frame price: $310. (Inquire for other frame options.)
Painting framed as shown: $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.