Landscape painter Robert Pollien earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania under the noted artist Neil Welliver and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
In addition to teaching drawing and painting to students and working artists at ArtWaves on Mt. Desert Island, Rob has taught at the University of Southern Maine and at The Maine Maritime Academy. His teaching style resonates with the serious student who appreciates his emphasis on the development of strong fundamental skills and clarity through critique and discussion.
Rob has been an artist-in-residence at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, the Carina House on Monhegan Island and was the first person to hold the position of Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. He has been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in painting.
His work was included in David Little and Carl Little’s “Art of Acadia”, as well as the book “Art of the Maine Islands” by Arnold Skolnick and Carl Little. His paintings are based on meditative observation of the natural world, combined with the subtle disquiet of our contemporary alienation from nature.
Rob’s paintings are featured in numerous corporate, public, and private collections. He is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine and Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine.