Category Archives: Painting from Photos

Portrait Painting of my Wife

Portrait Painting

Painting of my Wife Kerry. By Robert Wheater. 2013.\

I snapped a snapshot of my wife with a digital camera. She was working out in the garden. I love painting portraits that seem like snapshots of life. I have painted her several times but my skill is getting so much better.


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.

Commissioning a Portrait

Commissioning a Portrait

    The Consultation
    I think it is very important to have a consultation over the phone or by email at a very minimum. I know many people are busy but I am going to create a work of art that will become a family heirloom it is nice to have the time to assist in choosing color palettes and lighting styles within the painting.

    At the end of the consultation, whether by phone, in person or email we will have reached a decision on what you want in the painting and what style of mine you want it painted in. At this point I will have enough information to understand my color palette, painting size and I will have most of what I need to create a great painting.

    Reference Photography
    Except in posthumous portrait paintings, I try to work only from photographs taken by me. This allows me to capture the types of images that I know will make great paintings. I also have an instinct when it comes to people when I meet them. It allows me to see what people are like. People tend to drop pretenses during a photo session and I am able to start to see who they really are near the end of a session. I am willing to travel anywhere in the United States, provided expenses are paid in advance.

    I can make some exceptions to working from my photography for the following reasons:

  • Posthumous Portrait Painting
  • Gifts
  • Portrait Painting

    24×24 portrait painting with frame and two mats. The painting is on Hahnemuhle 310g Watercolor Paper using inks and paints that will hold color for over 100 years without fading.

    The Beginning of Your Art
    Once I have received the deposit of ½ the painting cost, agreed on during our consultation I will begin with a preliminary sketch study of the painting. These are much smaller than the painting but are necessary for me to develop the actual portrait painting. Once I have a few portrait studies completed, you will receive an email with some preliminary sketches. Once I have full approval, I will begin painting your final work.
    I use the finest papers, museum-grade rated paints and materials to insure your work of art will be heirloom quality.

    The Final Work
    When the painting is finished, I will deliver it personally or through an insured art courier crated for safe transport and delivery. You are responsible for delivery costs. Framing is extra but I would love to be the one to frame your art.
    It takes between 2-8 weeks depending on size, complexity and current commission schedule.

    What I deliver as “finished” is delivered under the following conditions:

  • you agree to “live with it” for 2 weeks before requesting changes.
  • invite relatives and friends to see it.
  • ask for their impressions and comments — and do not influence them with your impressions.
  • listen to them and believe them as they tell you how remarkably accurate the portrait captures the true likeness of the subject. I have never had a portrait returned for rework.
  • 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

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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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

Portrait Painting of Kara

Kara has been a model for me on several occasions and soon we will be working together again. For the last decade I have spent thousands of hours painting. A lot of it for free, just learning every thing I could about my art. I will be following this post with a process of the painting as it went from the painted background to what it is now.

All I can say is I really enjoy painting people, it’s a passion. This one took longer than other paintings. Usually when I have a model for my photography or my painting, I end up painting several pieces of the model and many unfinished sketches.

portrait painting of Kara

Portrait Painting in California by Professional Portrait Artist Robert Wheater

This painting will be featured in a magazine and in a new painting book coming out in 2013. I can’t wait to share that with you.


Painting of Maria – a Work in Progress

When painting a portrait, I think it’s hard to get out of the ‘work in progress’ to a finished painting. For me paintings have to be emotional, something in the art has to finally tell my “you’re done, you did it” and until that moment I will keep fixing my painting until it’s right.

Portrait Painting of Maria – Progress

Close Up of Painting – work in progress of Maria

Robert Wheater is an award winning portrait artist that would love to hear about your commission today. Email him at info@robertwheater today.

Presidential Painting

I did this painting for a competition. It was too late to submit but I still completed the painting. It was late because I had a lot of work to get done and this was for a personal competition. The theme of the competition was ‘contests’ and I figured the presidential elections was probably the biggest contest in the world.

Presidential Election Painting

Presidential Election Painting

Presidential Election Painting Complete

Presidential Election Painting Complete

If you would like to talk about your commissioned painting email me at

Painting Models

I’ve had to rely on models to paint and photograph from the beginning of my art career. All my life, I have stumbled over my words when trying to talk to beautiful women. Come on – through high school I was the D&D game master with all the nerdy friends. Art changed that. I just knew what I wanted to create, how to create it and had this self-esteem that was just there because of art. There was no getting nervous really – well the beginning of any meeting between to people that feels sort of random is a little bit strange but that evaporates pretty quick into a ‘let’s create art’ mode.

I have worked with Sunni a few times and decided to paint her for practice. This was not a commission but more of a practice painting. I think one problem I have is I have to keep painting regardless of what it is. The very action of painting is the art to me – the finished painting doesn’t mean I am finished painting, I usually don’t stop for the day I just keep painting something.

If you are interested in a painted portrait I would love to hear about it. Email me at and we can start talking about your art today.

Painting of Model

Painting of a Fashion Model