are many facets to the relationship shared by these two artists.
Important as these are, painting watercolor is the cement which holds it all
together. Robert and Sharon have been together for over 16 years and in November
of 2003 celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. Combined, this pair
has more than 45 years of painting experience. Robert was born in eastern
Tennessee and later lived near Philadelphia, Pa. before settling in Destin,
FL. where they teach and have an art supply business.
painting style is realistic. Both enjoy texture and detail. They
paint watercolor with passion and pleasure. Both have a photographic
background and paint from a wealth of photos which have resulted from
their extensive travels. Highly successful watercolor workshops taught
by Robert and Sharon have taken them to many states across the U.S.
Hundreds of artists have painted with them and many have gone on to
successful careers of their own. Limited Edition prints have been
produced from original paintings by both artists. Of eleven Limited
Edition prints, nine are sold out. These are available on the secondary
and Sharon hold watercolor workshops in Florida, California, Oregon,
Indiana, Michigan, Washington State, Missouri, Ohio and others. Their
original watercolor paintings are in demand across the country.
pursuit of knowledge is one of life's essential ingredients.
artist, painting is a part of his thirst for learning. His paintings
have meaning beyond the visual image. He feels that a good painting
and the thought behind it should be, for the viewer, what a grain
of sand is to the oyster. Robert Longs' decision to paint had its
roots in a quotation from philosopher Will James which paraphrased
says "The best use of life is to spend it for something which
will outlast it."
for subject matter has lured him to every region of the U.S. to Canada,
Mexico, Europe and the Mediterranean. Watercolor is his chosen medium.
Eight limited edition prints have been published from his watercolor
paintings. All are sold out and several have appreciated to considerable
value on the secondary market.
past fifteen years Robert has lived in Destin Florida. In 1994 he
married his wife Sharon, also an accomplished watercolor painter.
They currently live and work together in Destin Florida and teach
watercolor workshops around the United States and Canada.
is to pull together what I've seen and experienced into a statement
of how I feel about nature and of my obligation as an artist to share
my knowledge with others. I feel my paintings are a celebration of
nature and its inhabitants and of life itself.
for me comes from all the life that surrounds me whether in the mountains,
on a sidewalk by a busy street, or white sandy beaches and emerald
green water, it is my sense of sharing this in the painting process.
It's like magic to create an elusive moment, an emotional response
or memory, on paper. It let's me share with those who have seen the
subject or provide a moving experience of reality to those who may
have never witnessed it at all. I hope it will inspire the viewers
to go to nature, observe and seek greater knowledge and appreciation
of all the beauties surrounding us.
someone takes one of my paintings to their environment, the painting
becomes a reflection of what makes them feel good. If I accomplish
this, then what better gift can an artist give!
~ Sharon Long