I grew up spending my weekends on long drives through the mountains with my father when I was a kid. While we liked to camp and fish, it was these long drives through the mountains that I loved the most I think. My father was a hunter, a great fisherman but a very silent man. He wouldn’t talk too much. He would throw some George Jones, Conway Twitty or a different cassette into the stereo and away we went. My little sister would sit in the middle – and sometimes drive on these trips but I would just stare out the window and once in awhile voice “White Lightnin'” and try to make the funny little pop sound George Jones would make in the song.
I learned something from my Dad between the rides, the fishing trips and the long hikes with a canoe on my back. I learned that without people making sure nature would stay safe, people like him and who I should be when I grew up that nature would be gone for my own kids. Back then I kind of blew it off. I was a young teen, even though a boy scout, but I was young and I already knew everything I needed to know then. When I was 12 or so, my father moved back to Wyoming (where I was born) and I started spending summers and winters there with him. It was the same though, but now our Sundays were driving through Yellowstone or having breakfast at the foot of the Tetons.
Why am I going on about all this? Well, I have been doing some landscape paintings but I was unsure what to do with them. I have been trying to find someway to make sure that the paintings of the iconic wilderness I grew up with benefited the subject. I am looking for causes to support but even more than that, I want to deeply and truly care for this cause. I am seeking a way to benefit national parks and forests with my paintings. I want to reach out to fans of my work first and see what groups that they know of that are local that support nature conservancy. Do you know of any?
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 painting. If you would like to talk to Robert about his art or commissions, email him at email@example.com