“Interstate with Billboard and Truck” by Robert Moran Isley


“Interstate with Billboard and Truck” by Robert Moran Isley. Oil on canvas.

Robert Moran Isley is best known for his outdoors (plein-air) pieces, but all his paintings display a similar loose brushstroke and an exquisite understanding of light and composition. After receiving numerous scholarships and attending the prestigious Yale University summer session, Robert Moran Isley graduated with honors from Atlanta College of Art. He lives in Savannah and has been a full-time artist since 1990, exhibiting extensively in the southeast and showing in juried shows.

The artist expresses himself in his own words: “Drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. First, by providing me a way of experiencing the world and finding my own place within it, and secondly, by giving me a means of expressing to others those things that have most profoundly impressed me. My process involves finding those objects, scenes, or lighting conditions that most perfectly resonate with an inner feeling or mood. It is an attempt to experience the object or scene directly, in and for itself, and then through painting, to communicate that experience as simply and straight-forwardly as possible.

Robert’s paintings are mostly small – jewels, made of the many things ubiquitous to modern American life.  A refrigerator with family photos and calendars, a laundry room just prior to laundry day, cars parked under a street light.  With eyes that see the common with delight, Robert translates our world of traffic, pizza night and trash day into  well-ordered beauty.  We are allowed to share those simple homely memories, re-experiencing those moments we once let pass us by,  with the refreshed air of nostalgia.

That mission is evident in this piece.  Anyone who has driven the interstates in America knows that this is the landscape of the highway.  It could be any city or state, a lone eighteen wheel truck passing a vague billboard.  Isley captures the ordinary and is able to make it extraordinary and unique.  This is an observation from afar, off of the beaten path, yet something that resonates with everyone because it’s a scene of contemporary America.  He does not commit to one place or time.  The brushstrokes are bold in the sky and the trees with healthy green foliage. With fine brushstrokes, there is less detail of the truck and the billboard structure making them indefinite and timeless.

The piece is framed in solid wood without a mat, using the golden tones of the extended frame to surround the painting and introduce tones that are not seen in the painting.  Perfect for any decor or environment.

Framed size: 14″ wide x 14″ high