Rob Longley began his career in painting first under the tutelage of Dick Goetz at the Malden Bridge School of Art in the summer of 1968. Over the next three years, Longley continued his studies at Malden with Dick Goetz and Betty Warren, with whom he met while studying at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
In 1973, Longley earned his BFA from the Boston University of Fine Arts where he was furthered influenced by the teachings of BU instructors Reed Kay and Jack Kramer. Then, in 1971, Longley began studying at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown under the direction of Henry Hensche. He continued his studies with Hensche throughout the 1970s and maintained close association with Hensche throughout the 1980s and 1990s during his summer stays in Provincetown.
It was during his time with Hensche that Longley began to focus and hone his skills as a fine art painter. His continued efforts of growth earned Longley awards and grants, the first being earned in 1976 when Longley was awarded the Greenshields Foundation Grant, an award given to promising young artists. Longley’s first solo exhibit was held in 1979 and by 1985, Longley had representation at the Hammerquist Gallery in New York City and at the Jacob Fanning Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. In 1985, the Arts Exclusive Gallery in Simsbury, CT began representing Longley’s work which continues to this day. Longley is represented by Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA and the Sorelle Gallery of Albany, NY and New Canaan, CT.
In the 1990s, Longley began sharing his knowledge and skills by offering workshops and classes at the Cape Cod School of Art which he continues to this day.