Robert Placky is an acrylic painter who uses mixed media on canvas and on his prints to capture the essence of place. Robert uses the process of collage, the combination of real and painted objects to explore the intangible qualities of being in the outdoors. He uses natural objects such as sand from “Uluru,” Australia or Forester grass from the Appalachian Trail to bring the natural setting to the canvas. The work selected for exhibition in Memories & Mindscapes uses memories of locations as tangible events to depict a sense of place or locale. These associations use references to establish symbolic clues to establish the venue. Robert is a former secondary art teacher in the State College Area School District. He has taught for 40 years, focusing on advanced classes and portfolio development.