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Revel without a Cause

A flower wraps itself around a guitar and appears to play the instrument, using its leaves to strum the vibrating strings. The flower is gigantic in proportion to the guitar and is drawn in a strange tubular style with a dark

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A Prisoner Escapes

Robert first created the image of a silhouetted man with bars superimposed for a book illustration on prison ministry. The bars are both a physical obstacle and part of the man’s body, something tangible, and something internal like an imaginary prison inside himself. Robert created

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New Steps (Graphic)

Two kind and supportive nurses assist an emaciated patient as he tests his strength, walking down a hospital corridor. This is Robert’s graphic version of the large painting, New Steps, treated entirely in black and white with no half-tones. A second graphic version

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The wolf  is encased in a field of energy. His sudden call disrupts the rippling waves around him with a sharp starburst wedge. Is he sounding an alarm or simply announcing his presence in the universe? The wolf’s body is depicted as a

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Study for River

Robert frequently created variations of the same image, making small changes, often using different media. He challenged himself to create a woodcut version of his watercolour painting, River, replacing its vibrant blues and greens with pure black and white tones. The

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Healing Hands

A pair of hands press against–what? The body of another person? Or a field of energy that bends and springs with the pressure applied to it? This is Robert’s first woodcut. He was advised in his materials by fellow artist Glenn MacKinnon, a specialist

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Theatre & Ocean

Robert portrays the ocean or the oceanside locale of Nova Scotia as a place that is inherently dramatic. The gently gathered folds of the stage curtain amusingly echo the repeating waves. There is a collision of nature and artifice in this drawing that is

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Daughter and Father

An elderly man in a wheelchair stares off into space while his daughter stands guard. She looks stiff and unrecognizable, with most of her body in shadow and her features treated like a mask hiding any trace of emotion. The man in

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Facing the Wave

Robert created two illustrations to accompany the short story, “Planning a Future,” by Aritha van Herk. They were published in the winter issue of Canadian Forum, 1990. The story is about a clever but fretful young woman on vacation on Vancouver

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Illustration for The Giant Agony: On Human Suffering

This illustration was made for the cover of a book. The elongated figure is unusual, and provides a sense of extra height that ties in with the title “Giant Agony.” The bent and sorrowful man refers to Adam from Massacio’s Expulsion from Eden. This