Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

Welcome To
Bob Crane Gallery

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Art categories

Landscape

Mother Nature. There is nothing more honest, harsh, sublime, balanced, beautiful or unforgiving

Equestrian
Portraits

Are you wanting a special gift for that special person, or are you wanting to treat yourself to a memory of that special friend?

testimonials

Watercolor on D’Arches 140#
20”x 40”

Awakenings

2009

Susan Rorick

“Awakenings” hangs in my bedroom and calls me from the darkness to the light every morning with the gentle reminder to leave the worries of the day behind while looking toward the awakenings in my soul each day. The interplay of dark to light speaks to me in so many ways.
Oils on canvas
20”x 30”

Ferrari

2006

Susan Rorick

“Ferrari” – Bob captured the essence of Ferrari’s gentle spirt – this horse meant the world to me and the fact that Bob brought his spirit to life in this commission is truly a gift.
Watercolor on D’Arches
18”x24”

Ever a Princess

2017

Susie Langston

Bob captured my mare. He did a fantastic job. I am so very pleased.
Oils on Canvas
36x40

My Babies

2014

Mellissa McMath Hatfield

I own a beautiful Andalusian mare, Madison and a show stopper Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ch. Truman MacMath. Arkansas has many fine artists and Bob Crane is among the best. My request to Bob was “I don’t care about me but these two have to be perfect”…and they are. As the years pass memories will be captured in this commission and become priceless. I am blessed for my beloved animals and for Bob, now a dear friend, who captured them beautifully.
Mixed media enhance with silver foil D’Arches 300# watercolor paper
48x48”

Lady in Waiting

2021

Elizabeth Appleyard

Bob Crane’s art is a wonderful addition to our home! I get so many compliments and comments on it. Very striking piece. I love having original art work on our walls. Bob’s creativity and expressiveness radiate through his work. I will keep my eyes out for more works from him in the future.
Mixed media on paper

Night Bear, Son of Singing Hawk

1991

Teri Barber Sharum

Night Bear, Son of Singing Hawk was the first painting we hung in our new home. A wedding gift from artist Bob Crane. It has hung on this wall for 30 years. Our living room décor revolves around the color palette in the painting. Yes, our walls are a lovely shade of blue. And oh how I love those trees!
Water colors D’Arches CP
20X28”

As One

1983

Steve Crane

Bob’s art speaks for itself. These images were gifts, more like house warmings, each of us treasuring his work. The depth of Bob’s art captures the essence of the moment. When I look at these pieces, I see power, strength, resolve, and familiarity with nature. “Bob, I am so fortunate to have you as a brother. Keep up the good work!
Pastels on Mitenes
30X40”

Whisper the Force of Nature

1986

Steve Crane

Bob’s art speaks for itself. These images were gifts, more like house warmings, each of us treasuring his work. The depth of Bob’s art captures the essence of the moment. When I look at these pieces, I see power, strength, resolve, and familiarity with nature. “Bob, I am so fortunate to have you as a brother. Keep up the good work!

Biography of Bob Crane

I am a self-taught artist, among other things (including dressage rider, horse trainer and former advertising exec).

I was born in San Francisco and grew up primarily in Arkansas.

My work is collected throughout the United States.

I currently reside in Illinois where I can watch my grandgirls growup. They are the best!

Bob Crane – Contemporary Artist of Equestrian, Landscape, Portraiture and More

They say most buyers of art purchase from an artist they either know or connect with on a deeper level.

Here then is a bit about me and my process.

It’s blank. A solid sheet of white. I stare at it and think of the possibilities,

Memories of youth and adulthood flood in as I load my paintbrush with color and start the process of blocking. Colors unfold, suggesting themselves into my consciousness. Form takes place. Mistakes happen, they get fixed. “Step away from the painting.”

I stand quietly. Breathe. I load my brush again and within a few hours I am, at last, past the phase of it looking like an awkward teenager. Further development and it is ready for some detail.

When someone asks how long a painting has taken me to paint I have 2 answers. The first is that the painting takes as long as it takes and the second is “30 years, that is how long I have been making mistakes and learning from them in order for me to be able to paint what I do.”

Here to explore are:

Equestrian art, the human form, watercolor portraiture, watercolor landscapes, oil landscapes, oil portraiture, pet portraits, abstract mixed media, and an exploration of self-expressionism that uses nature as an emotional conduit.

Thanks for stopping by.