Robert Butler was born in the small timber and farming community of Baxley, Georgia, in 1943. Robert spent the first four years of his life with his parents in a log cabin that he fondly remembers as an environment that perfectly reflects his African/Cherokee heritage. In 1947 events transpired that brought Robert to the community of Okeechobee, Florida. A move that must have been providential because it was here on Lake Okeechobee’s shores in the heart of Florida’s backcountry that he developed a familiarity with the woods and waters that are rendered so honestly in his paintings. It is correct to say that nature tutored Robert Butler.
His professional career began in 1968. Robert honed his skills by pushing the limits of his artistic talents and accumulated a vast amount of knowledge by creating more than one hundred paintings a year. With no formal training to facilitate an inherent artistic spirit, Robert developed a style known worldwide as the “Butler style” and exemplified by a dramatically lit and romanticized portrayal of the landscape.