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Robert Tupper was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in April 1967, and was raised in West Concord, Massachusetts.  He is a watercolor artist, father and inmate in the state of Pennsylvania.  Robert has donated his watercolor paintings to over 100 (of the nearly 400) National Park Service Sites, as well as many other charities and museums.

He was a finalist in the 2009 National Easter Seals contest for art that appears on the annual Easter Seals stamps.  His watercolor portrait of Gretchen Wilson appeared in full color in the November 30, 2009, issue of COUNTRY WEEKLY, a nationally distributed magazine devoted to country music.

Most recently, two of his watercolors have been selected for an exhibit of inmate art at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania that will open on Friday, October 14, 2011. This event is cosponsored by the Lewisburg Prison Project and the Samek Art Gallery.

Robert’s subjects range from portraits to wildlife to landscapes.  He does, however, particularly enjoy creating portraits of Native Americans and images of Native American life in the 19th century, wildlife, and other nature-oriented subjects. He works from photographs and illustrations; he has not visited the majority of the sites he has painted.

Robert has stated:

“I hope you will find my work to be well and good and of use to the park and visitors.  My goal is to earn a name as a painter of fine watercolors as well as some kind of good name for my children . . . What I hope people will get from my paintings is that even though I’m an inmate not all inmates are “throw aways”.  I love my country and with so many men and women fighting for our country I am unable to serve, so I hope to serve my country with my artwork.”


  1. Robert, I love the chapel painting and have used it as my desktop background since I viewed it. Keep up the good work.

  2. Robert,

    Thank you for you interest in donating one of your paintings to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We are not in a collection phase now because our space is very limited.

    Taking a piece of artwork into the collection means the art work will need to be cared for in perpetuity. This is a long term commitment and we must always be mindful of how many works we can reasonable hold in our collection – how often would they be on view (sometimes they are not on view for years) and can we commit staff to spending time curating a collection, finding the space to do it and above all; having the money to properly care for the works. The works we do accept must have some relationship to the Sonoran Desert region and our mission to conserve and interpret this desert.

    I only say this so that you may know we take each donation into consideration and these are the sorts of questions we have to answer responsibly before we agree to receive donations.

    Again, thank you for your willingness to donate to our collection.
    Susan Fisher,
    Director, Art Institute
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    • For Art Sake Gallery
    • Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:43 am
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    Hi Robert,
    Thank you for sending me a letter asking if I can display your work in my gallery. Unfortunately I have sold out the gallery part of the business but i am still doing custom framing. You are a very talented artists and i wish I could help you but I am no longer selling art work in my store. Keep up the art. You are GOOD! I wish you the best in the future for your art career.

  3. Dear Robert,
    I have enjoyed your artwork on this website. I think you are a talented artist and applaud your dedication to your artwork and trying to raise yourself above your sitiuation. I hope to see your artwork in various museums around the country. i would love to buy notecards with prints of your paintings for induvidual sale. If there is any chance that you would be producing these in the future please put them on your website.
    Beth Blevins

    • Sabrina Gilbertson
    • Posted March 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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    Dear Robert Tuppet,

    I am a gallery assistant at Agora Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in New York. Can I send you some information about our
    gallery and promotional services that you might be interested in?

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,

    Sabrina A. Gilbertson
    Assistant Director / Agora Gallery
    Phone: 212.226.4151 Ext. 201
    Fax: 212.966.4380

  4. Hey daddy, I miss you. I cant wait to see you. I think about you every day. Showing your artwork to Josh’s mom. By the way, his mom wants to see if you would possible look into/create some artwork of members of the Mic Mac tribe, some of their family member history. Tribe is from Nova Scotia. I love you daddy.

    • hello starsha,did you remember me?I tried to email to your Dad for how many times but it will not sent.if you talk one of this days kindly tell him that I lost his address when I left my rented house before,but im still the same,I always pray for his success and all his dreams will come true.sweet regards all of you…

        • star
        • Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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        hi marlyn, yes i do remember you and you little boy. hope you are both doing well. my fathers address is as follows: robert tupper
        1 kelley drive
        coal township, pa

        i hope this helps you, he misses you very much. talk to you soon.

  5. Hi Robert, thank you for writing to me at Jackstraw Gallery in Grand Lake, Colorado… I enjoyed your web site and wish I could help you. I only do my art in the gallery for lack of space and my gallery is a working studio. I am also an interior designer and will definitely contact you if I do an interior space that could use your art. Keep it up because you are rising above circumstances and God will honor you. I was touched by your daughter’s letter. I hope you are released soon…and can reunite with your children. This is a wonderful legacy. Thanks again.

  6. Hey Robert!
    This is Amy, from As You Like It Gallery & Frame Studio (Chalfont, Pa). Thank you for sending me your letter to get me to your web site. I am impressed with your artwork, attitude & your intention. After the holidays I will check back about doing business with you. Keep up the good work!

    In my thoughts & prayers.

  7. Hi Robert
    We would love to have one of your painting in our museum .. I wlll be sending you a size we can handle to hang up and
    a few pictures to help you with your painting. Thank you Shelly, Anasazi State Park Utah..

  8. Hello Robert and thank you for your kind offering of creating a piece of art for our beautiful State Park. I would be delighted to hang an original Tupper and I will be sending you some pictures that may aid you. In reading your history, I saw the mention of inmates. Each year our parks hosts 2-3 weeks of work for a crew of soon to be released inmates – incarcerated at a nearby drug and alcohol facility. These men who are completing the public service portion of their sentence and are more than happy to spend those weeks doing manual labor in a beautiful outdoor wilderness setting. These men always give more than 100% in each job we ask of them; whether it be building a new foot bridge over a wet area, tearing down old buildings, mowing away years of invasive plants, etc. I never consider them throw-aways, as it is I that have the privilege of the work experience. It’s a win win for each party. Thank you for volunteering to share your talent to share with the many visitors who will enjoy the painting.

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