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Robert Longley's training as an artist began when he first studied painting with Dick Goetz at the Malden Bridge School of Art in the summer of 1968. During the following months he continued to study with Betty Warren at the Albany Institute of History and Art and then for the next three summers with both Dick and Betty at Malden Bridge.
After high school he attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts and received a BFA in May of 1973. Among his more influential teachers at B.U. were Reed Kay, who taught both Materials and Techniques, and Drawing, and Jack Kramer, who taught Anatomy.
Beginning in the summer of 1971 he studied with Henry Hensche at the Cape School in Provincetown, and returned to Provincetown to study with Henry throughout the '70's, '80's and into the '90's.
Each of Longley's luminous images of trees against sky, fields, rivers or marshes evokes a subtle atmospheric quality. Each landscape is suffused with the mysterious atmosphere from the haze or fog in Cape Code to the bright sunlight on a New England day, reminding the viewer of a place from the past.
Longley has won numerous grants and awards and is collected throughout the United Stated and abroad.