From the very start, Robert saw the world around him as an ever-changing canvas. His father, an avid photographer, put a camera in his hands at an early age. However, Robert saw much more than photos while looking through the lens, so he picked up a paintbrush. He was encouraged to pursue a liberal arts degree followed by a Masters in Counseling and Human Development. After a decade in the mental health profession, he moved to a career in film production as a cameraman and lighting director, which gave him the opportunity to use a television screen as a creative outlet. Though painting was not his primary endeavor, he continued to produce a few paintings per year while engaged in his first two careers.
Then in 1992, with the blessings and encouragement of his family, Robert made the decision to pursue painting full time. In 1998, Robert took his first of several oil painting workshops with the well-known landscape painter Jim Wilcox. Painting outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of the Teton mountains, Robert was in his element. His course of self development continued during his studies with Wm. Scott Jennings, Scott Christensen, Michael Albrechtsen, Kathryn Stats, Ray Roberts and a library of art books.
Robert has earned signature status in Oil Painters of America and has been accepted and honored in dozens of national shows including Oil Painters of America, Salon International, Arts for the Parks and first place in landscapes in Artists Magazine’s annual competition. Since 2004 he has been a member and painted with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. In 2013, he was honored by being selected to represent Acadia National Park in the, multiple award winning publication “Art of the National Parks, Historic Connections - Contemporary Interpretations”. Robert continues to explore new subject matter and methods of painting, believing that pushing the boundaries of artistic comfort is essential for personal growth and success as an artist.