connects with the emotions that resonate deeply
in each of us: joy, anticipation, the
desire for companionship and peace.
His style is borne out of is reflections on the
nature of reality - how what we see is always colored by circumstances and how
our memories focus to perfect and smooth out less important details.
Souvenirs from our past come back to us as we
feel them, not so much as they were in the harsh light of reality. Our
focus is drawn to a single freeze frame in time, like a snapshot: the
portrait of a laugh, a moment of hesitation, the moment as victory was won or
Robert Powers gathers up those moments and
depicts them as they are in our mind's eye. At times his depiction of
reality is heightened, even surreal. Some details jump to the eye as
others categorically blend into the backdrop of perception. The natural
geometry of truth gives structure, and as a result, the canvas exudes the
indomitable human spirit.
His work is inspired by the sensual recollection
of the scintillating moments of summer that warm our hearts like the caress of
the July sun on our skin. The lap of water on the prow of the boat
after a day cruise, the cheering victory of a team's win, or a couple wading
peacefully together into life's unknown. It is for the viewer to live
vicariously in the canvas; to enliven it with his or her own recollections.