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Robert Waltsak
Wayne, NJ

Artwork Details
Montclaire Gardens

18" x 24"

Robert Alan Waltsak is often asked why he enjoys painting familiar New Jersey scenes time and again. His answer is simple: they are always different. Through his devotion to painting, Waltsak believes he is able to see and capture details that ten years ago he couldn’t have seen. Every hour in the day reveals differences in light and shadow. Early light is often filled with mist whereas later light changes as moisture evaporates. Seasons affect the nature of light too, as the sun’s ark through sunrise to sunset shifts from summer to winter. The dynamic between light and shadow is essential and always present.

Waltsak credits his work with fellow artists and teachers at The Ridgewood Art Institute over the last decade for his ability to perceive these wonders and for his growth as an artist.  Waltsak grew up in Newark and at an early age gravitated to the arts, studying at the Newark School of Fine Arts and The School of Visual Arts in New York. He worked in advertising briefly before serving in the Korean War. Upon returning from military service he entered the world of furniture and cabinet making. It was only after a successful business was established and his family was raised that Waltsak began to paint in earnest. Currently, he resides in Little Falls with his wife Kathleen, and is the proud grandfather of two, the children of his son Ryan and wife Lori.

Waltsak’s award winning paintings are held in private and corporate collections and have been exhibited at the Hastings on Hudson Museum and at the Ridgewood Juried Art Show.  His works have been represented by the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT, the Gallery at Merritt Crossing in Milford, CT, and at Lambertville Fine Arts in New Jersey. He paints in his studio at The Woodworker in Wayne, which he runs with his son Joshua.  Waltsak’s furniture pieces have been seen in the Broadway productions of Wicked and Fortune’s Fool.