Robert Louis Caldwell Biography

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Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Robert Caldwell spent his boyhood years in Verplanck, New York, where he learned to love the outdoors. 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.

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.

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

Robert draws inspiration from familiar items. He searches for elements that are often overlooked but that provide opportunities for compelling compositions. Working from his Midlothian, Virginia, studio Robert uses photographic references complemented by field studies to compose his drawings and paintings. ''This is where I make the choices that affect the underlying structure of the piece,'' Robert says. ''I like the challenge of creating a well-balanced composition it's like solving a problem and trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together.''

When painting, Robert starts with a detailed drawing and then adds color layer by layer using the drawing as a value guide to create astonishing detail. He employs a similar technique when drawing with graphite. ''I work in layers, using the hardest grade pencil first and work my way through to the softest grade, slowly building on top of each existing layer. This is what gives my work depth.''