Category Archives: Celebrity Paintings

Portrait Painting

As I contacted everyone around me to paint portraits for my 100 paintings in 300 days project I ran out of people. I’m a bit of a hermit. All of my friends I’ve known almost all of my life. So, I resorted to finding people that were offering up their self-portraits as stock photography. Here is Jessica Dru. Her stock photography can be found at:

Portrait Painting

Painting of Jessica Dru

My ability to paint has evolved incredibly over several projects that were created to get better. I focused my attention and willingness to learn into a direction and I didn’t look back. Here is where I am now. I am not offering prints of this painting. It was done as an educational project to get better.

Painting a Horse

A couple of weeks ago I got an email requesting a painting of a horse. I had painted a few in the past but none that was a part of my new process which involves my hand in ever part of the process. With my new process I create the reference images myself so that I am 100% that the colors will be correct. I am also a professional photographer and focus on making sure color is correct. I did a painting awhile ago where the eye color of my subject was blue but in the reference images the eyes were green. I will never make that mistake again.

I loved painting this horse but it started something else. Everyone that saw the painting loved it. I have several friends with horses and several were asking about prints or getting their horse painted. Needless to say by the end of the day I had a whole bunch of resources and I was starting a new series of painted horses. I will be creating twelve horses. I have two complete already.

So what started as a horse portrait painting commission turned into an entire series focused on horses. I was around horses pretty often when I was younger and in my summers and winters visiting my father in Wilson, Wyoming. Today, I don’t really have much contact with horses. But after painting one horse, I fell in love with painting horses.

Horse prints will be available for the entire series. I am also making limited prints of the horse series. These prints will be hand signed and numbered. There will only be 25 limited prints available for each piece of art in the horse collection.

If you are interested in a horse portrait painting of your horse contact me by email today. I would love to paint your horse portrait.

Clint Eastwood Painting

I’m a big fan of old westerns. While John Wayne is probably my grandpa’s favorite western actor. Clint Eastwood is my dad’s and probably mine too. Clint Eastwood’s classic cigarello and squint-eyed glare is just iconic. Here is my painting of Clint Eastwood and I’ll be taking a break for a short time. My painting style has changed slightly and I am focusing on working on it at the moment.

A painting of Clint Eastwood by Robert Wheater

A painting of Clint Eastwood by Robert Wheater

Robert Wheater is a professional artist living with his wife, two sons, a dog and a cat in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has won several awards for his paintings and is currently painting portraits by commission. If you would like to talk to Robert about his art or commissions, email him at

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Johnny Cash Painting

Well, what can I say I like music. I never really started listening to Johnny Cash until I was an adult. My dad listened to him but it never really caught on until I was around 25 and then I fell in love with him. I have most of his music now. Johnny Cash’s music is great to just sit back to and work. It ranges from gospel to rockabilly to country and everything in between. The Man in Black will forever be heard in my home and I hope that his music is listened to for generations to come.

Johnny Cash Art

This painting of Johnny cash was painted by Robert Wheater in December 2012. 16×16.

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B.B. King Painting

Over ten years ago, I met B.B. King in Memphis at B.B. King’s – his club. I really enjoyed myself. Before I met and listened to him play, the prior year, could have been two. He had a son or nephew (can’t remember which was which) playing with a band. I was there with a group of performers from Ringling Brothers and a few friends. B.B. King was not there. Instead, we had a few drinks with his son and nephew. It was a great time. I spent four years with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus as a stagehand and I did rigging. I toured the United States, made a lot of great friends that are all over the world now and well if I could go back when I was a bit younger, I would have. So, to create a physical memory of the event I created this painting of B.B. King. I am doing embellished reproduction prints of this one because of demand. I think I’ll do eight of them. My embellished reproductions are prints of the original that are painted again to give it a unique look. They are hand signed. Contact me at if you are interested in prints, originals or even commissions. This painting opened the door for another commission – I had someone see it and want their grandfather – who was a musician – painted in a similar way. Well, here is B.B. King painted in December 2012.

B.B. King Painting

This B.B. King painting was painted by Robert Wheater from photo references in December of 2012. It is mixed media on canvas. 24×16.


John Wayne Painting

I love John Wayne. To me he represents an era of America – uncorrupted – a just place where the good guys win, there is always a cold beer waiting for you after a hard days work and if you work hard, you’ll be just fine. I think America is a much different place now and while John Wayne died when I was but a child I remember that year. My grandparents loved John Wayne. Among all the pictures of our family there was one of John Wayne. A John Wayne clock. John Wayne was a hero in my family and he remains a hero to me to this very day. I don’t just randomly paint celebrities unless it is by commission. I paint the things I love. Here is a quote from John Wayne that really sums up life really well:

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

Well, here is the painting. Enjoy it, I enjoyed painting it. There is a link below the image if you would like to purchase a print, cards or even a large reproduction. I will do reproductions of my paintings, please contact me if you are interested.

This painting of John Wayne was painted by Robert Wheater. 18x24.

This painting of John Wayne was painted by Robert Wheater. 18×24.

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Mick Jagger Painting

I recently started a series of celebrity paintings. In the first set I am doing ten celebrity paintings. This one is Mick Jagger, of course. The reason I started this new series was to step away from my realistic portraits and practice a larger format (about twice as large compared to my normal paintings) and really work with strokes, no blending with oil. I love the Rolling Stones, I am a little younger than that generation but I had a lot of Uncles that really liked them so the music was around a lot when I was young. If you would like to buy this or see other Mick Jagger Art – take a look at Fine Art America.


Mick Jagger Painting

Mick Jagger Painting by Robert Wheater. Prints Available

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Robert Wheater is a photographer and portrait artist. He lives in a rural California town in the shadow of the largest trees on Earth – the Great Sequioa Trees. If you would like to inquire about original art or commissions you can contact Robert at