Rob grew up on water. As the son of America’s Cup skipper, Bob Bavier, some of Rob’s earliest memories are of racing on Long Island Sound and cruising the coast of Maine. The changing moods of the sea always fascinated him and are reflected in his art. Glassy calms with a few cat’s paws playing across the surface, fierce Nor’easters with sputum blowing off the wave tops, the isolation of a sunrise in a secluded cove in Maine, the frenzy of the 100-boat start at Larchmont Race Week all provide inspiration for his art.
Trained as an architect, Rob began watercolor renderings of his designs and then branched out into watercolors as an art form. He added acrylics and oils as alternative mediums and now chooses his medium by subject matter and mood.
His paintings have received “Best in Show” and “Best Watercolor” at juried exhibits. Some of the juror’s comments include: “Softly creeps into your view and keeps you coming back again and again,” “Soon I’ll have sand in my shoes,” “I want to keep looking at it,” and “The saltwater has sprayed on my face.” Rob has been invited by the Marlborough Arts Center to present an eight-week one-man show titled “Sea Change.”
Rob currently resides on Seabrook Island and has added Lowcountry scenes to those up and down the eastern coast depicting the world of water and boats from the vantage points of beaches, rocky points, and boats.
For more information on the Seabrook Island Artist Guild events, workshops and membership, please visit the Guild’s website. Annual membership dues are $30.
-Submitted by Sharon Peck