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.”