Robert Coombs

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Whitefish, Montana - 406-862-3339

As a young boy, Robert Coombs had received one of the most exciting presents he could remember – a set of watercolor paints. He was so anxious to use them that he quickly grabbed a pad of paper and sat down to paint anything he could find. It ended up being a bowl of fruit and he applied the paint straight out of the tube as thick as toothpaste. The paint cracked and fell off within a matter of days and Robert was out of paint. He didn’t let it get him down and was determined to find out how to make a painting. Such has been the ongoing struggle for him to become an artist – a series of trial and error, of discovery and exhilaration, hope and determination.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, his continuing fascination with art landed him a scholarship at Utah State University in Logan, Utah where he received a BFA in Illustration in 2000 . Under the tutelage of Glen Edwards he learned to carry a sketchbook everywhere he went. It has since taught him to observe and record those events and experiences that inspire and stir emotion.
One of the most profound events for the artist occurred in late 1994 when he viewed the original works of Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespearean subjects on display at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It was the first exhibit of a master artist Coombs had attended and it guided his future. “For the first time in my life I could actually feel the emotional impact and power that painting could impart. I decided to seek after those attributes in my own work.”

Through countless hours of personal study scouring through books at the library and painting from life, Robert has developed a method of [...]

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