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While there may be many impulses that drive an artist to create, the expression of emotion is often one of the strongest motivators. A constant striving to capture emotional truth keeps the artist progressing throughout his or her career. This has certainly been the case for plein air artist Robert Akers, even though Akers isn’t always sure of the emotion he is striving to capture. The landscape often stirs emotions Akers himself doesn’t completely comprehend.
Akers’ artistic beginnings were born from unrecognizable feelings, almost like being pushed by an unconscious desire, or perhaps even fate. The richness and high detail of each of his paintings clearly illustrates a dedication of a truly passionate, driven artist.
His story begins in Norfolk, Virginia as the middle child of two siblings. Despite some of the strictness of a Catholic school education, he had a very happy childhood. “Summer weekends were spent at the beach on the Chesapeake Bay swimming, ﬁshing or crabbing, which established my affinity for the ocean,” explains Akers. Although he had a rather lackluster artistic interest as a child, and no artistic sources or influences, an interesting experience seemed to guide him towards a more creative direction at the age of 16.
“It was near Christmas time,” recalls Akers. “My mother was going shopping for a lamp shade and I was going to sit in the car and wait for her.. But I looked up and saw that she had parked in front of an art supply store. The only money I had at that time was to buy Christmas gifts for my family but I suddenly got the urge to go inside the store. Without really knowing what I was doing, I purchased a sketch pad, a charcoal pencil and a [...]Read the rest of this bio on the
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