About Robert Yackel
I believe we’re all born with special abilities, mine was art. During my basic education art projects were my favorite, in high school I selected extra curricular courses in art and engineering and architectural drawing. I graduated from the University of Illinois School of Fine Arts with a major in Industrial Design. During college I worked part time in the University’s computer lab. In 1963 I received my BFA and got married. While honeymooning in Colorado the State of Colorado hired me as a computer programmer. The technical information world, family and volunteering put my art interests on hold.
Immersion into visual arts occurred upon my retirement in 1998. I joined both Park Hill Art Club in Denver and Heritage Fine Arts Guild in Littleton. Since then I have participated in over 100 workshops and painted nearly 500 paintings. These activities have taken me to a point where successful paintings come more frequently. Noted workshop instructors that I’ve taken from include: Frank Franceses, Zoltan Szabo, William Condit, Michael Untiedt, Buffalo Kaplinski, Rick Brogan and Stephen Kilborn. Victoria Kwasinski has been extremely influential in my artistic development.
Most of my recent paintings are Southwestern subjects, including adobe churches and buildings with people and human elements. Other subjects include old barns, cars, sliced fruit, lighthouses, covered bridges and realistic landscapes.
It took me six years to enter my first art show; I felt that most of my paintings were not acceptable. My personal rule is never to offer a painting for sale unless I like it well enough that I would hang it in my home.
Other creative endeavors include photography and woodcarving – primarily designing, carving and painting Christmas ornaments and Boy Scout neckerchief slides.