Rothgrew up in the historic seaside village of Cold Spring Harbor, New York. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Robert studied painting under Thomas Sgouros and Richard Merkin. He also had the opportunity the study with master, Claes Oldenburg. Robert approaches his work by inventing from nature, "I like to be spontaneous, by abstracting the forms I try to create a sense of mood and atmosphere.” He combines a variety of textures and shapes blended with quick brush strokes to achieve a sense of lost and found. Throughout his travels, he is always recording from life.Roth is also particularly inspired by the likes of Diebenkorn, Rauschenberg, Vuillard, Whistler, and Picasso. His paintings are held in public and private collections including, The Ritz Carlton, American Express, The New Yorker, Columbia University and Northeastern University. Robert has received numerous honors including a silver medal from The Cleveland Museum of Art and 2 medals from The Hecksher Museum. Robert has exhibited his work in New York City, East Hampton, Santa Fe and Martha's Vineyard. He spends much of his summers island bound, off the coast of Cape Cod and resides in a 1850’s farm house and studio in northeast, Ohio with his wife, Cheryl (RISD Alumni), and their 2 daughters.