Featured Artist Rob Fannin

Artist Rob Fannin creates surreal, dreamlike paintings through an intuitive process. Enjoy his fascinating portfolio and view more of his art on his website.


surreal penguin painting by Rob Fannin

“Emperor’s Imagitorium” acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”


I create art as a vehicle to expand sense of self beyond the mundane and ordinary world of everyday life.


surreal landscape painting by Rob Fannin

“Peacefully Contained” acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30”


I do this by following vibrations through the collective consciousness anchored in the core of all things. This vibrational web is shown to me in stages as I intuitively work at making art. I create my work using a process called automatism. Automatism is creating art with no conscious intent—in other words, automatically.


surreal landscape painting by Rob Fannin

“Then at Age 10 Everything Changed” acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30”


My work is never planned or designed ahead of time; it simply flows from my soul through the web of all things.


surreal landscape by Rob Fannin

“The Universe Within” acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”


I never know what is going to show up as each brushstroke dances with line, color and form. It is a bit like river rafting where I am the guide. Sometimes I can only hang on as I thrust into whitewater feeling the rocks underneath.


surreal landscape painting by Rob Fannin

“Desert Dreaming” acrylic on wood panel, 18” x 24”


At other times, I am able to simply lazily float in the afternoon sun as the slow current gently moves me along. This spontaneous, “stream-of-consciousness” approach is always flowing with no beginning or end—my job is to articulate each new moment the best I can every time I push off into the water.


surreal landscape painting by Rob Fannin

“Childhood Memories” acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”


As a young child I spent countless hours filtering the world through my imagination while connecting with creative sources beyond my individual existence. I later honed this source material through practice and formal education, learning to master the fundamentals needed to accurately depict a story in a variety of media and technique.


surreal bird painting by Rob Fannin

“A Bird in Hand” acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”


It was through this effort I discovered a passion for bringing forth the innate creativity we all hold. I went on to spend over twenty years traveling around the globe teaching creativity while experiencing the richness of diverse cultures and spiritual practices.


surreal figurative painting by Rob Fannin

“Playground of the Gods” acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”


Today, I marry my steady practice of technique and color theory with creative insight to unveil soul stories beyond the understanding of the mind.


surreal landscape painting by Rob Fannin

“High Wire Act” acrylic on linen, 24” x 30”


This is especially evident in my custom commission work. I start the commission process by gaining an understanding of the client’s likes, preferences and experiences. This helps me “find their place in the creative river” so I can push off into the flow and share the ride through brushstroke and color. The result is a custom work this is a unique story of the individual and the collective.


Artist Rob Fannin at work in his studio

Artist Rob Fannin at work in his studio


My job is to listen to the richness of the soul in hopes of creating a glimpse of who we are as connected beings. This is the beauty of what I do, of who I am—a listener. I listen deeply to the core of collective creativity riding the flow of the stories that appear.


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