Bob Willman stands by one of his latest oil paints, which was finished just before the opening reception for his show at the Little Falls Library.

by Dave Warner

Bob Willman rolled out some new work for his opening reception at the Little Falls Library, including a new oil painting called “The Sisters” that he had just finished prior to the reception.

He said “The show is a combination of watercolor and some oil paintings. A lot of the paintings are from around the area where I live in the town of Manheim and Little Falls. The reason I paint them is that I feel a connection to these subjects because I drive by them a lot, I’ve been around them and they become sort of second-nature to me.”

“I think by connecting to them that way I can express my emotion better with the time of day, the light or season. Many of these paintings I’ve done at different times of the day or season. That creates different moods,” he said.

Most of the paintings on display are new work that he has created within the last year.

Willman received a fine art degree from Herkimer County Community College, and Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art. Interested in drawing and painting at a very early age, it wasn’t until 1987 that he began painting full time. Willman opened his first gallery in 1989 and currently maintains a studio in his 19th-century farmhouse in Little Falls.

He is well known for capturing the seasonal changes of the Mohawk Valley and the nearby Adirondack Mountains. He also enjoys painting along the coast of Maine.

His works have received numerous awards in juried exhibitions and are in many permanent collections including museums, corporations, universities, and private collections throughout the United States, England, and Canada. Willman’s painting “Adirondack White, Exploring the Hush” was used for the 2007 poster promoting the National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge.

Willman’s show will be on display in the Library’s Community Room until August 22nd. Admission is free. For more information, call (315) 823-1542.

Photo by Dave Warner – A good crowd came through during the opening reception for Bob Willman’s show at the Little Falls Library.