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Tribute to an American Painter: Robert Butler – Wildlife and Landscape Artist

September 24  – December 5, 2014

Robert Butler, is an American painter best known for his paintings of the wildlife and woods around Florida’s Everglades area. He was a member of the well-known African-American artist’s group, The Highwaymen. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, along with the other original Highwaymen.

Butler developed his own style, which was exemplified by fine detail and a dramatic, romantic lighting. He painted every Florida ecosystem with an abiding love for the swamps, palmetto flats, hardwood forests, rivers, lakes, pine flats, and wildlife of wild Florida.

For many years, I’ve lived close to nature and witnessed the beauty my privileged eye has been allowed to see. As an artist, it is important to me to share my experiences, and whenever I work, it is the larger view that I strive to maintain. I invite you to look at your experience in the same way. The textured tapestry we call reality is constantly changing. An artist is one of the few who will be privileged to add his or her special splash of color. My love for the land is the strength behind my paintings, and I know there are many others who share my feelings.

– Robert Butler

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