Robert Hagberg Oils
Born in Minnesota and raised in Ohio, Robert's identity was closely associated with art from an early age. Robert's father was an avid amateur photographer which led to Robert growing up with a camera in hand. Though he loved learning the art of photography, Robert was fascinated with taking his images and using them as a reference to create paintings.
Robert's career in film, as well as his on-going development of photographic skills, put a premium on getting the elements of the photograph tailored to the needs of the painting. With this marriage of painting and photography, Robert produced award-winning, "photo-realistic" acrylic paintings. However, he began to feel disillusioned with the time required to create such work, and the idea that even though it was beautiful, in many ways it was simply an enlargement of a photograph.
In 1998, Robert took his first of several oil painting workshops with the well-known landscape painter, Jim Wilcox. Painting outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of the Teton mountains, Robert was in his element. His course of transition and self development continued during his studies with Wm. Scott Jennings, Scott Christensen, and Michael Albrechtsen. As a result, Robert's work has evolved to a distinctively realistic yet "painterly" style. He still uses his photography skills for reference, but weds them with his plein-aire field studies to create works that are filled with the essence of place.
Recently awarded signature membership with Oil Painters of America, Robert continues to explore new subject matter and methods of painting, believing that learning and pushing the boundaries of one's artistic comfort is essential to personal satisfaction, growth and success as an artist.