Robert W. H. McCoy began studying art as a child in San Antonio, Texas, building up a skill for photo-realistic, illustrative painting while incorporating inspirations from a variety of American and Mexican artists. The artist’s current portfolio encompasses still-life painting with incredible detail and Western as well as South American influences.
I really appreciate the overall tone that Robert’s portfolio captures. The works here, combined, hearken back to the American old west, or at least a romanticized version of it like that seen in classic Western films. Warm tones of terra cotta, leather, and hardwood suffuse each painting. As a viewer, one can choose to bask in the warmth of the painting as a whole, or get lost in the myriad fine details that each painting holds.
Combing through the fine detail of the paintings is immensely rewarding -- though Robert’s painting skill is clear even from a cursory glance, even more details unfold upon closer inspection, and one gets the sense of the painstaking, loving labour that goes into each work.