RT’s motivation to paint comes from a sincere appreciation for the beauty of the West. He was born in Nebraska, but claims Colorado as his home. His early art was in pastels, but now he chooses the magic of watercolor. He says “it comes to life when it rides the paper.” His loose style is best served through this medium and is accented by the negative space in his paintings. RT’s art is always developing as he is influenced daily by new styles, ideas, and experiences. He feels his art should be something that makes you feel good and brings a smile to your face. ”
“Oh, one last thing, the only reason to ride a bull at his age is to meet a nurse.” And that is the truth.
Robert works in watercolor utilizing ‘negative space’ to encourage the viewer to further explore the subject. Using previous experiences with the western lifestyle he incorporates the bond between a cowboy and his horse. His use of abstraction art challenges the viewer to study the slight nuances in his painting. Robert works at the USAF Academy Stables taking care of horses which allows him to study their movements and interactions.
“I take photos and draw quick sketches to capture a moment in time. The horse can be a willing subject, but as a prey animal they are not always accommodating. ” I do light sketches on the watercolor paper; when using other surfaces the subject is painted directly to the surface. All of the products that I use are acid free.
Robert lives in the charming community of Monument CO just North of Colorado Springs.