Robert Tokley

Robert Tokley

Robert is a self taught artist who started painting full time 4 years ago after a work related injury forced him away from his job working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. He lives with his wife and 3 in Belleville, Ontario and has been a member of the Quinte Arts Council since 2013. Robert's paintings have been featured in many publications and are held in numerous collection through out Canada. His latest achievement was having one of his paintings selected to be a part of the Art Olympia competition in Tokyo Japan. 

Robert's painting style has slowly evolved over the years from the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson to a contemporary style found in a Peter Doig or a Daniel Richter.

" I believe an artist should push themselves and try to create new things that are outside their comfort zone. Art should be ever evolving and changing into something new. Yes they may not all be masterpieces with this method but you will find out what works and what doesn't. But most of all you will be satisfied with the fact that you tried and you won't one day regret that you never did. I feel some artist get stuck or are forced to create variations of the same painting over and over again like a Rothko and then latter regretting the fact that they never took that chance and tried something new. Because at the end of the day it's not about the money or notorioty it's about creating something for your self and something you are happy with and can live with."