Ariel Buck Dooley
Rob Prellwitz has been a lifelong resident of La Porte, Indiana. He resides with his wife, Annie who is a retired Music Therapist and piano instructor. His oldest son, Luc, is the Chef du Cuisine at he nationally renown restaurant “Beast” in Portland, Oregon. Son, George Matthew is a singer/songwriter who performs lead vocals and lead guitar for his band “Midwest Hype” and also performs as a solo artist.
Rob’s career as an artist started when he was first able to hold a pencil/crayon in this hand. He earned his Bachelor or Fine Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Arts degree from Valparaiso University.
He retired after forty years as a secondary education teacher. In addition to working as an art instructor, he also taught special needs students.
In the 90’s he, in cooperation with the La Porte City Park and Recreation Department, and a fellow teacher, started the first summer art education program in this region. Designed to foster the creative resources of young people, pre-school though middle school, Rob established a now widely duplicated genre.
His work, like with most artists, has changed over the years. Primarily he is a realist. There have been ventures into Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. His subject matter is varied. He has a special fondness for drawing the human form and portraiture. But nature and man-made structures also present themselves as models for this art.
Rob has created pieces using many familiar media—oils, watercolors, acrylics, and ceramics. However, he has always enjoyed the meditative characteristic of drawing. While the ability to draw is needed as a foundation for any artist, regardless of their medium, drawing is seldom the medium used to create a final, complete work. Tackling the subtle transitions from light to dark and using the line quality nature of drawing can and do combine to make highly realistic, three dimensional renderings. When the drawing implements add color to the piece, the color becomes the defining element, while the intricacy of the drawing maintains its integrity. This process from black and white to color pencil drawing is the artistic evolution through which Rob has gone.
The color pencil technique Rob uses requires several hours of focused attention. A 11” x 14” piece takes forty to fifty hours to finish. Many colors are overlaid to create rich, deep hues. Minute detail is attended to, to smoothly transition light and shade and color to adjacent color. The satisfaction is in the overall process and in sharing the end result.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Inspired by my love for the outdoors and all things wild, I’ve set out to capture the beauty of the natural world. With degrees in biology and environmental science, I’ve spent the last few years traveling across the globe working on numerous conservation projects. These trips often lead me to some of the most remote and spectacular locations on the planet, providing wonderful opportunities for me to pursue my passion of photography.
As a biologist, my connection with nature is a deep-rooted part of my identity, and it fuels my passion for conservation. I love the element of the unknown when shooting wildlife. I live for those precious moments when hours of patience and determination result in breathtaking photographs. Humans are predictable, controllable, and, well… let’s face it, not nearly as cute as baby penguins. This is why I find myself drawn to the corners of the earth to capture the beauty and splendor this world has to offer. If there’s one thing I’ve taken away as a photographer, it’s that the magic of the natural world is all around us. The reward, however, comes to those who are patient.