Featured Artist of the Month
The Peninsula Gallery's Featured Artist of the Month event highlights a different artist each month. The line-up of participants includes some of the gallery resident artists, repeat exhibitors, and artists entirely new to the space. Visit the gallery each month to see the featured artist's special collection and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to learn behind-the-scenes information about their background and creative process.
"Cape Overlook" 20" x 30" image 28" x 38" framed oil $1,700
"The Point" 12" x 20" image 15" x 22" framed oil $640
"Passage" 12" x 16" image 17" x 21" framed oil $600
"Lewes Beach Curve" 16" x 20" image 24" x 28" framed oil $900 sold
"Bayside Rain" 16" x 20" image 24" x 28" framed oil $900
"Beach Snack Bar" 12" x 16" image 17" x 21" framed oil $600
"Jetty Surfing" 15" x 30" image 23" x 38" framed oil $1,700
"Obscured Ferry" 12" x 24" image 19" x 31" framed oil $840
The Peninsula Gallery welcomes back recurring exhibitor, Jim Rehak, as our September featured artist.
Jim Rehak, an avid plein air oil painter, uses the seasonal changes of the Delmarva Peninsula and vicinity as the inspiration for his landscape art. His work takes him outside to paint fields, marshes, farms, rivers, and bays, allowing him to get in touch with his subject directly. Inspired by the Impressionists and their contemporaries, Jim focuses heavily on the use of light, freely interpreting light through vibrant color. Jim says of his work: “the strength of a painting is often fueled by direct observation. By communicating a powerful sense of light, I attempt to evoke memories of experiencing the landscape.”
Jim’s interest in art started with comic book illustrations at an early age. While studying for his BFA at the Maryland Institute of Art, his passion for oil painting emerged. Art has always been a vocation for Jim; he has worked as a portrait and caricature artist in Ocean City during college, an art director at a sign company, a teacher, and a freelance court illustrator. He has won “Best in Show” awards at the Rehoboth Art League, Art League of Ocean City, and Chesapeake College (among others). Jim participates in paint-outs and competitions, as well as being represented by various fine art galleries. He is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
I’ve always enjoyed plein air painting, having always been drawn toward working from life. Oil as a medium is best suited for this because of its slow drying process, allowing you to create landscapes with a wet-on-wet painting style. My work primarily consists of Alla Prima painting ('at first attempt'), which is a spontaneous way to respond to the changing landscape. The advantage of being familiar with your chosen medium and process is that it allows you to paint instinctively.
I attempt to deliver a personal interpretation of the scenery in each of my paintings, giving the piece its own identity. I hope my work is instinctive and intuitive and that the viewer gets a lot of depth from what they see. I consider each person’s unique individual approach to style and creation as an artist’s trademark.”