By Tommy Acosta
(February 14, 2021)
I not long ago experienced my pet’s portrait done by a area artist and I was so taken by the emotions encapsulated in that portrait that I requested myself a dilemma — What would make an artist an artist? Looking for an respond to, I made a decision to write an short article on this artist in get to have an understanding of what can make an artist tick. Right here is his tale and his art…
Robert Albrecht was born and elevated in St. Louis, MO. He experienced exposure to the “arts” and became intrigued in pictures at an early age. At 13, he entered a Nationwide Kodak Contest and won an Honorable Point out, along with several other individuals, energizing him to proceed with pictures off and on by college or university, receiving a BFA Diploma with a Slight in Journalism.
Then he understood the truth of what it usually takes to make a living either in pictures or journalism.
“Since becoming a ‘Starving Artist’ didn’t actually charm to me at the time and the fact I experienced ‘paying’ pictures assignments coming out of higher education, I resolved that was the way to abide by,” he said. “I entered the realm of Business and Vogue photography in 1971 and rather much stayed with that for near to 30 decades.”
Possessing labored as a effective specialist photographer, the lure of the Red Rocks captured him and his wife Shirley. “My wife, who is also an artist, and I had been traveling to Sedona for many yrs and got caught up in the “Red Rock Fever” detail and moved right here in 2001,” he states.
Commercial/Fashion pictures was nevertheless high on my desire degree, but the transfer to Sedona at some point altered how I was to do business.” In 2004, he opened a portrait studio in Sedona and also began photographing weddings. The marriage ceremony organization lasted for a minor more than a 12 months, but the portrait studio was carrying out fairly perfectly until the “recession” hit in 2007.
When it hit, the portrait organization endured. He looked for a different avenue to categorical himself and gain some profits. Considering the fact that the telephone cameras ended up getting the “go-to” way of reaching a portrait of your spouse and children customers or what ever, he turned to a new technological innovation known as “digital painting” which falls under the “Digital Art” umbrella, to create his portraits and paintings.
Also, at this time Legitimate West Illustrations or photos was born. His paintings were now finished utilizing the laptop as a canvas and making use of some of the BFA Diploma expertise, he dove into mastering the digital artwork realm. His creations were now working with pixels somewhat than paint.
He mentioned that this was an uphill fight since of the at any time-raising finding out curve and that many people nonetheless seen the pc technologies and the ensuing artwork as just being a handful of “clicks” on the keyboard and the completed artwork piece comes flying out the back of a printer…not so.
“As in everything a person does, there are varying stages or skillsets applied on how to achieve the final product.” he reported. “I really, sketch out and plan the composition of every painting, and then it is “hand-painted” applying a pill and digital pens that have many designs of brushes programed into them.”
His portraits have been now of wildlife and animals in its place of folks, specializing in wolves, huge cats, and mustangs between other interests.
His type can be equated to “Contemporary Realism” capturing the legitimate essence of the animal shut-up and personalized so that you can sense the heart and soul of them. I start off with the eyes and mask of the encounter then the relaxation of the animal will match into area and experience proper.
“I have usually loved and respected animals, especially wolves and have been involved due to the fact 2016 with Apex Protection Undertaking out of California,” he stated. “They are the superb men and women that provide wolves to Sedona just about every calendar year for “Wolf Week” along with our local Sedona firm Program B Basis. I essentially painted unique portraits of each individual Apex pack member in 2016 and donated them to be employed for fund-boosting endeavours. It is a serious practical experience to arrive close to these impressive animals and definitely see how great they are. I was also on the Board of the Humane Modern society of Sedona for a number of several years and at this time volunteer there and create many of their press releases for numerous publications.”
Since his paintings ended up “portraits” for the most section, he was having requests to do family members animals-dogs, and cats. He did do some as a favor to some of his mates but then he was informed by quite a few persons that his type is definitely diverse and extremely pleasing as they attract you into every single painting and he need to think about carrying out them on a fee basis.
“The real looking and vintage glimpse and feel of my paintings actually showed the animal as the proprietors noticed them,” he mentioned. “Each animal has a personality and soul and they felt that I captured that.” He commenced portray his “Classic Pet Portraits” in 2010 and under no circumstances seemed again.
“Pet Portraits are so pleasing, and I normally like to see or listen to the reactions of my consumers when they acquire their concluded paintings”, he states. “Capturing the essence of an animal, whether wild or domestic, is a very individual endeavor. We, as the artist, carry particular person activities into enjoy and pour our unique thoughts on to each and every canvas.”
Since he paints from images submitted by the shopper, his consumer base can be from any where in the United States. Locally, he can photograph your pet if essential, for an extra fee.
The requirements for submitting potential images for a pet portrait are specific on his web page as are the various measurements obtainable with their pricing.
They can be procured as a all set-to-dangle gallery wrap canvas or a canvas with a superbly basic “Float Frame” of either walnut or black. The portraits usually take any place from several months to even a month dependent on the dimension, matter make any difference, and time of the yr.
The last portraits are professionally printed on archival canvas utilizing archival inks and have an “Archival Certification” from an impartial lab of more than 150+ decades. His paintings can be discovered in both public and private collections.
The Studio address is: Accurate West Illustrations or photos, 645 Kachina Generate in West Sedona, Sedona, AZ (928) 284-4330. Open by appointment only and COVID-19 protocol ought to be adhered to at all moments.