End of Day
Painting titled "End of Day" by York artist Robert Buchanan. (SUBMITTED)
Blue Moon art show full of local color

Robert Buchanan and his wife don't just share a love of art and teaching - they also share a space together.

Buchanan and his wife, Barbara Pillette Buchanan, will display their artwork throughout December and January at the Blue Moon, 361 W. Market St., York.

Local art: The pieces depict local scenes around York County - created in a variety of pastels, oils and watercolors - the pair paint in their studio and on location, especially along the streams and hillsides of York. Buchanan said the pair balance each other out in their work.

"Barbara favors the buildings and the farmhouses," he said. "Right now I'm really big on sunsets - moody, end of day type images - where you get beautiful purples and oranges. I like color and mood"

Buchanan said he and his wife have had a favorable reception to the show, which opened last Thursday, and have already sold a piece before the end of the first week.

Teachers: Buchanan has taught illustration, painting and drawing for more than 3 decades at the Art Institute of York, sharing with students "hands-on creative work." The studio recently named a studio in his honor.

His wife teaches at the York Art Association. The pair met after a chance encounter at the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show over 25 years ago, and have shared the same passion for art and teaching ever since.

"It's rewarding work...the satisfaction of helping someone develop and learn things that we kind of take for granted," Buchanan said. "Teaching helps me in my work, too."

Inspiration: Buchanan said he's inspired by the desire to share the beauty of the natural world of Pennsylvania and enjoys expressing himself "through the brush." He said he creates scenes that are both tight and realistic, and branches out to more loose work. The important thing, he said, is to bring others into the artist's world.

"It is an honor to be able to produce work that can be appreciated," Buchanan said. "When another person understands what I create, I receive a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment."

Get a taste of art

Blue Moon will feature Robert Buchanan and Barbara Pillette Buchanan as its Artists of the Month throughout December and January.

Blue Moon is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and for dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday.

Information: 717-854-6664