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" I create paintings with strong and lasting artistic quality. I believe that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. My hope is that others will see and feel the beauty I have found or created in my subjects. I am not a photo realist, but rather begin with the randomness of nature, subtly transforming it into a heightened state of beauty and permanence through organization and design. As an Alla Prima painter, I love the beauty of brushwork, exploiting it for its own sake while the image manifests as a believable representation of my subject. I also believe in the experience of Plein Air painting for developing a real depth of understanding the landscape."

A native of Iowa, Robert Kuester (1940-2019) spent two years at Drake University, and went on to obtain a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Kuester lived and worked in New Mexico for more than 30 years, he painted still life, landscapes, figures and commissioned portraits in oils. He found artistic inspiration from locations like Taos, NM to Sedona, AZ to the beaches of CA and Venice, Italy. Both a studio and plein air artist, Kuester was an esteemed member of New Mexico Art League (NMAL), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Portrait Society of America (PSOA), and Oil Painters of America (OPA).

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