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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: http://jessicadru.deviantart.com/

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. info@robertwheater.com. I would love to paint your horse portrait.

Rain Painting

There will be many portraits in this style, at this time I believe I have 92 left. For this painting, I used an advertisement with a model for Indian Motorcycles. In the ad she was just sitting on the motorcycle looking up but I decided it would be a fun painting to make it rain paint.

Commission Painting

Rain, a Commission Painting 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 info@robertwheater.com
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Portrait Painting – Tessi

I started doing a series of portraits – 100 portraits in 300 days. This new style I have been working with is one I am focusing on and want to perfect. It’s a combination of digital, traditional acrylic and watercolor pours and washes to create a piece of unique art. Here is a painting of Tessi, a young model I have had the pleasure of working with 4 or 5 times now. There will be two more paintings of her and a portrait study.

Commission Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting of Tessi

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 info@robertwheater.com

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Fine Art Reproduction | The Reader

A couple months ago I was asked if I can recreate art. Yes, I can create reproductions of the masters on canvas. Here is a reproduction of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s “The Reader”. If it was painted before 1900, I would be happy to recreate paintings for you. Reproductions  are not 100% and I don’t want them to be – I prefer to think of them as a re-creation of an incredible piece of art. This was a four feet tall reproduction and nearly life size.

Reproductions of the Master Painters

If you would like to see old art recreated for your home I would love to hear from you. I also do original commissions from photographs. I can paint from old or new photographs but prefer to have at least 2-3 photos for references. Email me at info@robertwheater.com.

Self Portrait and a Little About Me

This is a self portrait painting. I try and do at least one a year, sometimes two. One of my paintings in the background and a definite focus on messing with the grid system but adhering to other laws of perception.

I always look so serious and mean. I’m a big guy too, around 6’2″ and 260 lbs – I look imposing and mean, even though I am a nice guy to be around. I’ve had a pretty rough life but I don’t act like it. I guess if I have a self-portrait I should talk about the subject matter – I rarely do.

I have been a struggling artist about a decade. I’ve been into art all my life I just never pursued it as a way of life. Now when I say struggling, I don’t mean struggling to create art – I mean everything else. Life is a struggle, you don’t have to let it bring you down. Oh – if life is not a struggle for you, you’re doing it wrong. We almost always need to be trying to do things we have never done, try things we never tried and so on… it should be an enjoyable struggle. When you have kids, you should be struggling to raise them right – it doesn’t come easy. When you create art, don’t do the same thing as the last thing you did – that’s easy. Make it a struggle.

I grew up spending time out of school in Yosemite with my father, fishing on the Snake River. Then I returned for the school year with my mother – in a gang infested ghetto in the early 90’s. A lot of people don’t understand what the early 90’s “Colors” era was like. I fought several times per week, had guns held in my face, fired in my direction and never once resorted to putting a gun in my own hand or joining a gang for protection – I walked alone and fought alone. The Marine Corps. was my escape after speaking at my graduation about overcoming adversity in life. A few years later it was the street teaching me new lessons – not able to find a job – I entered a life of homlessness. I didn’t have to be on the street, I was offered places to live but I couldn’t be a burden so I just went on my own. Two years of homelessness were a slow grind – hard to find a job when you have nothing to wear and no way to get clean for one. Then I went to jail for three months for an assault, well three of them. When I got out of jail three months later, I didn’t really have anywhere to go and then a friend’s mother found an ad in a newspaper – a job fair for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and nine days later, I was flown to Texas to work in Ringling as a rigger. The job came at just the right time – four years later and a lot of miles of touring I was done. I had met the love of my life and returned home. Going into design and art I began working.

Now, a decade later I have two Bachelor degrees – one in business and one in art. But more importantly – I struggle in different ways now. Am I the father I can be? The husband?The artist? They are even harder than fighting. But now I am happy, although I don’t ever look it – it’s my face. Underneath that hard exterior though, is a guy smiling, laughing and ready to talk your ear off about whatever today’s interest is.

Self Portrait Painting

Self Portrait

Robert Wheater is an artist living in Visalia, California – the Gateway to the Sequoias. If you would like to contact him to create art for you – email at info@robertwheater.com.