In 1973, artist R.J. Hohimer received a Masters in Fine Art from Southern Illinois University. Though formally trained in the classical styles of Van Gogh and Gauguin, Hohimer elects to capture the spontaneity and simplicity of contemporary folk art.
Hohimer creates figures which are not photos of reality. His art is romantically stylized to encourage straightforward emotional responses. Says Hohimer, "I want the viewer to become personally involved. My paintings offer a change from those which encourage extensive intellectualizing about what the artist is trying to convey. I want viewers to smile - to enjoy the whimsical nature of what they are experiencing - to feel it, not analyze it."
The art of R.J. Hohimer has been exhibited in Canada and throughout the United States. His work enjoys a strong corporate and private collector base.