Rob Bajer

Mountain Lake

Honourable Mention

oil on canvas
dimensions in inches: 28x22x1.5
May 2011

While on vacation at a remote lake in southeast B.C. a large pine tree had fallen in the water, making a dock of sorts. I walked into its branches. I was struck by the way the light hit the lake and the brilliant greens of the trees. This was the perfect landscape for my first time working with oils.

Along The Thames 1

oil on canvas
dimension in inches: 22x28x1.5
June 2011

On my many mountain bike rides on a trail along the Thames River in Chatham, I come across this resting rusted relic. Its decay is causing it to blend into the landscape, especially in the early spring when it is surrounded by dead leaves and bare trees.

Along The Thames 2

dimensions in inches: 22x28x1.5
oil on canvas
June 2011

This is another rusted relic I spotted discarded along the Thames River in Chatham. The truck's sunny yellow paint is brought out by the spring foliage, which is surrounding it and swallowing it. The vehicle is an old International Harvester truck.

Rob Bajer was born in the former Czechoslovakia. His family fled the communist country in 1984 with a long walk through the mountains of the former Yugoslavia. After a brief stay in Austria, they ended up making Chatham their new home in Canada.

Rob has been drawing since he was three. He is a self-taught artist with a passion for painting life as he sees it. With every new painting, Rob learns something new about technique, contrast and his own artistic style.

Whether he's airbrushing a motorcycle helmet, sketching a family portrait or painting a landscape, Rob is always learning and growing as an artist.
He prefers working with large canvasses and his subjects vary. His portfolio is as eclectic as his inspiration.

Much of Rob's work to date has included commissions for friends, family and co-workers. In recent years he's started focusing on creating a collection of work for exhibition. For a time he worked on acrylic paintings inspired by Asia. Rob handcrafted wooden frames for some of the work in the series.

Currently Rob is doing work that reflects his surroundings in Chatham-Kent.

Artist's Statement
In my work I don't use any particular techniques. I just paint what feels right. I don't know the terms or names of brushstrokes or styles. I work by instinct, just putting paint to canvas the way it feels right. A lot of my work is spontaneous. It starts with an idea, which often takes me on a journey towards the finished product.
Currently, I'm working on paintings inspired by my surroundings in Chatham-Kent, my travels in Canada and the people around me.

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