I have never met Robert but think of him as a close friend because of his twice-weekly letters. Several years ago another painter had sent me the link to his page and I subscribed immediately; since then he has faithfully sent me his insightful and literate essays about art and life, all of which revealed him to be not only talented but deeply intelligent both intellectually and emotionally. A beautiful soul.
When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year, Robert told us that he would be continuing to send his thoughts either directly or through his daughter Sara. He was true to his word. And Sara, bless her, is planning to continue his work, publishing one of his countless essays and one new one of her own each week. I hadn't understood how deeply he had always touched me until I felt the enormous relief of realizing the letters wouldn't stop.
It's not too late to meet Robert. He will live on in his and Sara's wonderful words at www.painterskeys.com/