Robert Landry
1921 - 1991
Robert Landry at easel in Hawaii
Robert Landry with his easel in Hawaii
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Falling Leaves
Robert Landry Hawaiian Beach Scene with Seagull
Beach Scene with Seagull
Robert Landry Shack and Windmill Midsized Thumbnail
Shack and Windmill

Robert Landry 1921 - 1991

Robert Landry Seagulls Midsized Thumbnail
Foggy Morning Seaside

A veteran of WWII, Robert Landry made good use of the G.I. Bill, and studied art in Minneapolis, MN, and in Washington D.C. He then worked as a staff artist for the U.S. Air Force graphic arts department in the Pentagon. He also worked as the art director of the Federal Aviation Agency in New Jersey and at Convair Astronautics. In his later years, he moved to San Diego where he gained a reputation for his watercolor landscapes. He taught art and was a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, and participated in watercolor painting workshops at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California with noted artist Jade Fon. and is remembered fondly by his students.

Fellow artist and art teacher, Don Foster of Colorado reports Robert to have been a fantastic piano player who could sit down for hours and render up-tempo works of the thirties and forties without repetition.

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Geese at Rivers End
Robert Landry Commencing the Hunt Midsized Thumbnail
Commencing the Hunt
Robert Landry Lost Kite
Lost Kite
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Robert Landry Hawaiian Rain Painting

Foster goes on to say that while they were teaching an art class together on the north shore of Oahu in 1970, Robert Landry began one class quoting Albert Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge limits us to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand."

Then he sketched out a scene, and told his students that he wasn't going to paint the scene as it existed, but rather how he imagined it would be on a rainy day.

To the left is the painting he produced that day, a rainy Hawaiian day. The students told Robert no one uses umbrellas in Hawaii. Robert retorted, "Now they do."

Sources: Don Foster, Robert Landry Brochure, former Landry student Sandy Gravitch, AskArt