Robert MacGregor (b. 1955) grew up in a military family and was fortunate to be exposed at an early age to the rich tapestry of European art. Throughout his formative years, he sought to develop his creative gifts on the foundation of traditional methods and materials. Today as an accomplished painter and graduate of Covenant College and Savannah College of Art and Design, MacGregor enjoys the challenge of using color, composition, lighting, costume, etc. to make each work a compelling statement.
MacGregor has won numerous awards for his portraits in juried exhibitions. The painting above received first place in a national competition sponsored by the Atlanta Portrait Society and juried by internationally acclaimed portrait artist, Everett Raymond Kinstler.
MacGregor was accepted as a copyist for life, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Seen at right, MacGregor demonstrates his portrait painting technique for visitors at the National Gallery.
As a portrait painter, MacGregor is trained in the classical techniques of the 19th century and specializes in traditional oil portraits. He places as much emphasis on color, light, and overall compositional qualities as he does on achieving the likeness of his sitters.