Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Robert Blehert discovered pencils and began creating magic on paper at the age of three. Robert’s first commissioned artwork, at 15, was a pastel portrait of a friend’s dog. Moving to Seattle after college, he studied extensively with Libby Berry, a nationally known wildlife artist, and learned to implement the painting techniques of the Old Masters.
More recently, the artist decided that commissioned work was not an end in itself, and has proceeded to express his feelings about life on canvas in a way he hopes will communicate to a large number of people. As a person and as an artist, Robert enjoys communicating straight from the heart with an immediacy he feels is best expressed with impressionism. Robert feels that impressionism, rather than stressing a specific style, is a way of approaching the perfect balance between technique and message. It is a way of stressing feeling while not abandoning the technical mastery that goes into the expression of that feeling.
Robert Blehert’s artwork is multi-styled, and the following are just a few of the many descriptions that are very fitting to his individual pieces: impressionistic, realistic, wild, dynamic, rich, subtle, vibrant, soft, romantic, action, quiet, touching . . . and so many more. Unlike many artists, it’s hard to say – “That’s a Blehert!” on many of his pieces. You certainly can’t view one of his paintings, and find it looking like the rest of his body of work. What is the same are the color, feeling and communication which flows through all of them. He can paint the ordinary, the beautiful, the spectacular, and even the mundane – and make it a masterpiece that can capture your imagination.