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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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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 info@robertwheater.com and we can start talking about your art today.

Painting of Model

Painting of a Fashion Model

Boudoir Painting

I’ve painted hundreds of portraits and intimate paintings are among my favorite. The master painters and nearly every portrait painter for the last 500 years has created intimate paintings. The boudoir painting is definitely not for everyone but they are incredible works of art, especially in the bedroom or master bathroom.

Before thinking about a boudoir painting, think of it’s location. Where is it going to be displayed? I believe that boudoir paintings are meant for few people you know – if the painting is of you. I have done several anonymous looking paintings of clients that are focal point paintings in living rooms but they cannot truly tell – they know but the guests usually just think it is a great painting.

If you are interested in getting your boudoir painting either an original work of art from me or a commission painting of you contact me at info@robertwheater.com.

Boudoir Painting

In the Morning | Boudoir Painting

The original reference photo for this painting was taken by Edyta Stala. She was contacted on DeviantArt for permission to paint the image.

Portrait Painting of my Wife

Once a year I try and paint a portrait of each of my family members. It’s not only a way for me to improve the art within my home but it is also a record of time and will be incredible to see decades from now. This painting is nearly complete – I still have work on eyelashes, hair and a little on the lips. There is some shadow work I need to finish too but I like to post work I am currently working on – whether it is done or not.

Portrait Painting of my Wife

If you would like a painting done or talk about my art, I would love to hear from you. Email me at info@robertwheater.com or post a comment here about my work.

Robert is a portrait artist from Visalia, California. He excels in painting portraits and creating unique art for families that can be cherished forever. Contact him at info@robertwheater.com

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.

Painting of Angela

Painting from a single photograph is not as easy as having some multiples to work with. This painting is still being worked on but is a great example of painting from a photograph. This is not a commission but rather practice with skin tones, hair and light from a model that worked with me earlier this year.

Nearly Finished Painting of Angela. I sometimes like to share incomplete work – you get to see how the paintings develop.

Commissioning a painting is simple. Take a look at the commission link to the right in the navigation links.

If you would like to commission a painting, I would love to hear from you. Email me at info@robertwheater.com with your request. I paint large and small portraits. I can paint portraits for movie sets based on actors in movies and I have a great turn around time.


Painting of a Bride

A bridal painting is normally created from photographic references but can be painted from sittings. I have painted many commissioned portrait paintings and have a few private collectors of my art. I specialize in painting people, especially formal scenes. This painting is definitely one of my favorites and I have followed it up with a link to the time lapse of the painting. Thanks for visiting and I hope to paint for you one of these days.

Painting of a Bride (2012)

Here is the time lapse video of this painting. Digital painting has so many advantages. It is better for our environment, the final canvas made is also painted again – there are no differences in the final visual art but it still takes a lot of time to get right. Here is the big one though. This piece is fairly large – 24×30 on canvas and to afford an oil painting of this size would cost over $2000. That is the lowest price I have been able to find for oil paintings of my caliber. You can get this size painting from me for half that – not because it’s any ‘cheaper’ but because it took less storage, space, my tools were less expensive, my process cost less – but my final painting will last longer than oils will. My painting is more durable and higher quality. Here is a time lapse of this piece being created from a blank canvas to the final piece.