Robert Weiss has almost 40 years experience as a professional artist in the commercial and fine art fields. "As early as I can remember I wanted to be an artist. My grandparents were painters and ceramicists and my father was a writer and a journalist, so the desire to become an artist was encouraged and supported," Bob says.
Bob studied illustration and graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in the early 70's and worked in New York City as an advertising art director and studio artist. In 1985 he began practicing the art of scrimshaw and showing works at the Mystic Maritime Gallery in Mystic, CT. Shortly thereafter, he left the commercial art world behind to work at scrimshaw fulltime. At about the same time he began a study of Classical Realism at The Reilly League of Artists in White Plains, NY, attending daily painting and drawing sessions.