RL Caldwell Studio

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Robert Caldwell spent his boyhood years in Verplanck, New York, where he learned to love the outdoors. The Boy Scouts were a conduit to nature for Robert and provided him with some of his most memorable adventures, including 50-mile canoe trips in upstate New York and backpacking in Cimarron, New Mexico.

Although Robert always loved to draw, it was in middle school that he discovered art’s magic — that he could draw an image on paper that looked three-dimensional. By his senior year, he was taking four art classes a day, working solely in graphite and colored pencil. He also oversaw a team of student artists who painted a mural in the cafeteria that he designed, and won several local competitions, including a storyboard contest for a TV commercial about conservation.

Robert attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he graduated in 2000 with a B.F.A. in Communication Arts. He won several awards in college from Strathmore Artist Papers’ and the Society of Illustrators.

Robert’s work has appeared in numerous national exhibitions, including Birds in Art, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Art and the Animal. In 2009, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin — home to Birds in Art — purchased Robert’s painting “Sewanee Barn (Feral Pigeons)” for its permanent collection.

He is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and in 2018, was named an Associate Living Master in the Art Renewal Center, an international organization dedicated to promoting education in realistic art.

Today, Robert’s passion for art and nature can be seen in his highly detailed, realistic paintings and drawings.

Robert has also instructed artists in drawing and painting since 2010 and was the owner of Midlothian Art Academy before it closed in 2020 due to Covid-19. Robert is now instructing students on his online platform with recorded and live courses as well as weekly mentorship studios. To learn more about Roberts drawing and painting instruction visit learn.rlcaldwell.com/

To learn more about Robert and his work visit rlcaldwell.com

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