In addition to his thriving career as a decorative painter, Robert Phelps has been a professional exhibiting artist since 1996. He is recognized for his vibrant figurative work and uniquely-colored portraiture. He began his arts career at Disney as both a scenic painter for the Animal Kingdom and a caricaturist for the many themed resorts. Raised in the mountainous terrain of Appalachia, Robert developed a deep appreciation for the natural world. Most of his paintings reflect an affection for the wilderness "within and without". A self-taught artist, Robert enjoys exploring the unconventional application of color in the expressionist and fauvist tradition.