"Becoming an artist is quite a gamble," says Robert Sarsony. "To create art, one needs not only the ability to draw along with the temperament and sensitivity to art, but the willingness to work extremely hard. This is one of my strengths; I am willing and able to work very hard in my effort to create." Robert Sarsony's hard work has paid off. His paintings hang in many prominent collections and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, and the American Embassy Collection in Washington, D.C.
Robert Sarsony was much influenced by the Impressionists, but not so much by their brushwork as by their conceptual approach to color and structure and their interest in expressing mood. Robert Sarsony believes that the tighter - the more defined - a painter goes, the more color is sacrificed. Robert Sarsony says his own exaggerated use of color demands a certain degree of looseness in structure. Robert Sarsony's handling of one canvas is not uniform throughout; some areas are much more defined than others. Even though his paintings contain figures, Robert Sarsony does not consider himself a portrait artist. Robert Sarsony is unconcerned with capturing likenesses: "My models are sometimes disappointed that their paintings do not look like them. I'm after something else - the gesture, the mood."
With each painting, Robert Sarsony strives to create a canvas,
an expression of himself, that is better than any he has ever
done before: "In each painting you discover something on
which you can build. All of my work is the result of a series
of continual experiences." His communication and rendering
are important to him, but Robert Sarsony says, "First comes
the striving for perfection... I explore and search constantly."