Painter / Sculptor
Born 1955 in Youngstown Ohio, Robert and his family moved in 1957 to La Verne in Southern California, growing up in Pomona valley at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. As a teen, Robert painted the strawberry fields and orange groves, windmills and smudge pots smoking across the orange groves and the distant mountains.
In 1971, Robert moved to Louisville, Kentucky, graduating from Ballard High School in 1973. He was the 1st staff illustrator for W.H. Dulaney Advertising and worked in parade float design and construction for Designs Unlimited. In 1975, Robert started Purol Signs, and Purol Contractor, which he continues to own and run to present.
In 1973 as a student at Jefferson Community College he was president of the Art Club. Robert went on to study sculpture at the Louisville School of Art, and Life Drawing with Mary Ann Currier.
While attending the University of Louisville, he met and was strongly influenced by sculptors Barney Bright and Ed Hamilton. As a sculptor, he prefers the lost wax method, using victory brown wax and foundry work, poured aluminum, bronze, and ferro cement. He specializes in figurative work.
After seeing a Calder mobile as a child, he built his first from pennies and fishing line. In 2006, he built and suspended a 30 foot aluminum and steel construction mobile of imaginary and realistic fish, “Denizens”, which is currently on display at the Mellwood Art Center.
• Jane Morgan Gallery, 2010-2011 Group Plein Air Exhibit,
• Purol-Fry Gallery 2003-2006
• Solo Shows - 1991 and 1992 the Rapp Gallery, 1992
Brownings at Slugger Field
• Group Shows - Just Bodies II at the Mellwood Art Center;
Inside/Outside at the Pigment Gallery; Exhibited w Dave Fry
and painter Claudia Hammer.
• Invited to design and carve the processional crucifix for
Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, made from
gathered natural elements to be combined with his hand
carving of the Body of Christ from rock maple.
From his early paintings of Southern California to his love of the creeks and streams of the Kentucky landscape and the Ohio River, he is an avid plein air painter. Fishing the West Coast, from Oregon to Mexico, and years of studying geology, he remains a consummate outdoorsman and fisherman.
Known for his heavily textured expressionist landscapes, Robert is never without his trusty Ross palette knife. He has studied with: Tucson, AZ painter Phil Starke, Bill Fletcher of Nicholasville, KY, and John Michael Carter of Louisville, KY, and names Birgir Sandzen as a major painting influence.
Robert is a member of the Kentucky Plein Air Painters and the Figurative Collective. He is represented by Jane Morgan Gallery in Louisvile, KY.
While standing quietly in a field painting, there is always the chance of a hawk swooping by; how else can you see that beauty, and capture that excitement, than plein air painting.