Rob’s interest in art was present as a young man, beginning with an elective high school art class and the sanctuary he found in subsequent figure drawing classes while he pursued his Asian studies, with an emphasis on Modern China and public health, having a formal career, and raising a family. Revisiting an interest in learning to paint more passionately once his daughters were grown, he discovered an influential mentor and artist group in the form of an annual summer retreat in Maine, led by Skip Lawrence. He faithfully attended for two weeks each year for almost two decades until recently. His tendency towards seeing his world in abstraction, incorporating minimalist architectural references, and influenced by the simplicity of an Asian aesthetic soon set him apart from his companions in this group. Encouraged by the unexpected success of his color field studies in a 2004 solo exhibit of works on paper in Bethesda, MD, he continues to explore color fields, texture and referential mark marking in a variety of mediums on canvas and paper. He has been living on and exhibiting his work on the Vineyard since 2012.
Wendy Weldon and Rob Hauck participated in a joint exhibition, Collaboration, at the Nowhere Gallery, Oak Bluffs in 2021, with a focus on new work.