Robert, initially, studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago with Eldon Danhausen. While the concentration, at that time, was in metal sculpture, Robert was exposed to the works of Lorado Taft (1860-1936), the renowned Chicago sculptor and teacher at the SAIC. Taft’s marble sculptures and in particular the “Solitude of the Souls” created an indelible and emotional connection between Robert and the development of classical sculpture.
However, he was required to forego his career as a sculptor and while part of the mainstream business and professional world he embraced large format photography. He worked with Daniel Anderson who sold him his first 8x10 Kodak Masterview camera and lenses, Howard Bond who was associated with Ansel Adams and finally Michael Smith and Paula Chamlee who followed the path of Edward Weston making contact prints in Amidol and printing on Azo paper. Robert still uses his large format cameras and makes contact prints when he has the time.
Presently, Robert has returned to sculpture as his full time endeavor. He has studied with the classical, master, Russian, sculptor Valentin Okorokov. He has also participated in the Marble/marble 25 and 26th Symposiums in Marble, Colorado.
His work focuses on classical and expressive sculpture of the figure cast in bronze and carved in marble and is an associate member of the National Sculpture Society and a member of the Evergreen Artists Association.
He is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to recapture his dream of being a sculptor and for you to come along on his journey. Paraphrased from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, ‘What's past is prologue’.
Influences: Michelangelo, Rodin, Taft, Thorvaldsen, Barlach and Okorokov.