Logan and Jen 22x30" oil on paper, live wedding painting, by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde

LH016: Skip Rohde – Meditation on War and Life

"Emma7" 22x18" Charcoal and pastel on paper by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde, available for $475
“Emma7″ 22×18” Charcoal and pastel on paper by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde

It takes a very skilled artist to capture the likeness of a person in a painting or drawing.  Skip Rohde is a figurative artist who aims even higher.  He talks in his interview about his intention to capture something of the personality, the essence of his subjects.

Skip has been in the unique position of painting not only models paid to pose, but also has done a good deal of creating art featuring people in real life situations, people most definitely not holding still for the artist.  And, notably, a good many of his subjects were in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I will let Skip explain for himself why he traveled to those war-torn countries and the artwork that resulted from his time there.

In this interview, we talk about Skip’s various series of paintings, sketches and drawings–Meditation on War, Faces of Afghanistan, Portraits of Iraq, and his latest series with studio models in which is he exploring a new approach (see example above).

I am putting a parental warning on this episode, because the topic of war does come up, including the social/physical costs of war.  I know most children are probably aware of the reality of war in this age of information overload, but out of respect for parents who might be sheltering their children from such knowledge, I decided to give parents a heads up.

Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde
Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde

To connect with Skip and see more of his work:

Highlights of episode include:

  • what on earth this artist was doing in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • the very important message Skip aims to get across with his paintings from the Meditation on War series
  • how Skip’s work landed in the Smithsonian
  • his exciting new venture, Asheville Event Paintings
  • what it was like to serve as a courtroom artist
  • Skip’s suggestions for other artists on how to move forward in their own work

Local resources and artists mentioned during this episode:

More examples of Skip’s work:

Logan and Jen 22x30" oil on paper, live wedding painting, by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde
Logan and Jen 22×30″ oil on paper by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde, in private collection, an example of a live event painting
"Cinderella’s Seamstress" 48x48" oil on canvas by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde
“Cinderella’s Seamstress” 48×48″ oil on canvas by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde
"Saddle Up" 50x40 oil painting by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde
“Saddle Up” 50×40″ oil on canvas by Asheville artist Skip Rohde
The Library, Sarajevo 40x30 oil painting by Asheville artist Skip Rohde
The Library, Sarajevo 40×30 oil painting by Asheville artist Skip Rohde, in private collection
"Bazaar Merchant" 8x5x5" ink drawing by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde, Smithsonian Museum of American History
“”Bazaar Merchant” 8x5x5″ ink drawing by Asheville figurative artist Skip Rohde, permanent collection of Smithsonian Museum of American History

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “LH016: Skip Rohde – Meditation on War and Life

  1. Thank you, Skip and Meredith. I enjoyed the amazing art work and interview, and…I will be reflecting for a long time on the idea that an artist makes the first brush stroke and then the rest of the process is about fixing that first mistake..being a lyricist who is still fixing works started decades previous, I find this a hilarious truism!

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