Robert Butler (artist)

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Robert Butler
Born September 25, 1943
Baxley, Georgia
Died (aged 70)
Lakeland, Florida
Nationality African American
Education High School
Known for Paintings depicting Florida's Wildlife and Landscapes
Board member of The Florida Highwaymen LLC (Pres.)
Spouse(s) Dorothy Butler
Children Robert Jr., Daniel, David (deceased)
Samuel, Dorene, Timothy
Michael (deceased), Aletha, Angela
Parent(s) Annie Talifer Butler

Robert Butler (September 25, 1943 – March 19, 2014) was an American painter best known for his portrayals of the woods and backwaters around Florida's Everglades. He was a member of the well-known African-American artist's group, The Highwaymen.

Early life[edit]

Butler was born in the small timber and farming community of Baxley, Georgia, on September 25, 1943. Raised by his mother, Annie Talifer Butler, who always took time to instill the principles of faith and compassion in her family, Butler considers his upbringing as "classically American."[citation needed]

In 1947, Butler moved to Okeechobee, Florida, where he later became intimately familiar with the woods and waters of the Florida Everglades, and especially Lake Okeechobee, that feature prominently in his paintings.

His professional career began in 1968. In the early days, he often sold his paintings door-to-door or on the roadside. He honed his skills by creating upwards of one hundred paintings per year.[citation needed] Despite a lack of formal training, Robert developed his own style, which was exemplified by dramatically-lit and romanticized portrayals of landscapes.


Butler died on March 19, 2014 at the age of 70.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pera, Eric (March 19, 2014) Noted Landscape Painter Robert Butler Dies. The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). The Ledger, Retrieved March 19, 2014.


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