My paintings are generally small, compact and simple. My goal is not to portray the land in an overly picturesque manner, but to paint the landscape in a way that rings true.
Robert Pollien revels in the oblique light of the Maine coast. His paintings deal with contrasts, the white spume of surf against the darkness of land and water. They exude a sense of being on the edge— the allure and danger of this elemental place. The Bar Harbor resident earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Skowhegan School; he has exhibited widely throughout Maine. He is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland. In 2010 he received a Ludvig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. His work is in many corporate and public collections, including the Farnsworth Art Museum. In June he had a one-person show at Dowling Walsh Gallery.