Charles Raskob Robinson
Robinson is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists, a national, not-for-profit, educational organization in which he has been a Charter Member since its founding in 1978. For twenty years he has written about artists in the Society in his column, “Notes from Brush Hill,” that appears in the Society’s quarterly, the ASMA News & Journal. The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Museum Library in Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress collect them because they document the lives of contemporary artists. “Brush Hill” is the name of his 1752 studio in Washington, CT.
In 1997 the artist sailed a yawl across the Atlantic in order to do studies at sea. These have resulted in a number of works in a series entitled “The Crossing.” In 2011 he drew again on this experience and painted Sunrise at Sea: A Symphony in Four Movements. This “en plein ear” quad-tych was inspired by the four movements of Dvorak’s Symphony Number Nine “From the New World.” The work, with headphones and sound track, was exhibited in eight museums across the United States in 2011-2013.
In 2013 he directed the Naval War of 1812 Illustrated, a video documentary by the American Society of Marine Artists in conjunction with the U.S. Navy and dozens of museums. Click here to see it: http://naval-war-of-1812-illustrated.org. In 2015 he published a book based on the video, The Naval War of 1812-1815: Foundation of American’s Maritime Might, which is now available as an e-book and an audio book.