Born and raised in the northeast,
Rohm's return to painting was triggered in early 80's when he moved to
Texas; the broad vistas and bright, hard sky of the southwest opened up
before him. Here was a landscape of stark simplicity and solitary
beauty. Bob began to cut back on his production business in order to
paint part time, and, in a few short years he became a full time artist.
Rohm's style reflects his
discovery of the southwest: "Although my work is representational, I
simplify textures and surfaces to dramatize planes of light and color.
My use of color is impressionistic and expressive. I contrast both hard
and soft edges, as well as transparent and opaque paint," he explains.
Each painting seems to capture an element beyond reality. Each moves
the viewer beyond the subject itself. As Rohm says, "A painting fails
if it does not induce the viewer to experience some form of emotion,
not only about what the subject is but why it is." And while not all of
his paintings have a typical southwestern theme, they demonstrate the
focus of style which evolved through his realization of the
southwestern image: razor-sharp contrasts and vivid colors.
Rohm lectures, demonstrates and
teaches painting workshops. A signature member of the Oil Painters of
America, and the Pastel Society of America, he has exhibited in
national and international shows and has won many awards. His art and
teachings have been featured in many publications and can be found in
numerous corporate and private collections internationally.