An exhibition of paintings and monotypes by Frank Hobbs, an artist who has championed plein air painting and has introduced others to the challenges and pleasures of outdoor painting, is currently on view at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Figure painting by Frank Hobbs, acrylic on panel, 11 x 8 in.

The exhibition includes a number of plein air paintings created in Ohio, Virginia, and Italy. It will be on view in the McCarthy Gallery at Washington and Lee University from October 6 to December 31, 2012. Landscape and figure paintings will be displayed in the gallery located in Holekamp Hall.

“Dublin, Ohio, Winter,” by Frank Hobbs, oil on panel, 12 x 16 in.

Hobbs, a native of Lynchburg, is associate professor of painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. From 1989-2004 Hobbs resided in Staunton, Virginia, where, in1992, he and four artist friends began the Beverley Street Studio School. Hobbs taught drawing at Washington and Lee from 1997 to 2004. Since he moved to Ohio in 2007, his focus has shifted to his new environment. The exhibition at the McCarthy Gallery will include the artist’s interpretations of the Ohio landscape, work from Virginia and Italy, and a group of figure paintings from a series painted in Italy in 2010. Hobbs is best known for his landscape paintings of Virginia. For more information, visit


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