Testimonials

Robert is honored to have so many very talented and dedicated artists learning with him every week in the mentoring studios, the live online courses, recorded online courses and in workshops. He sincerely believes that he learns as much from his students as they do from him, and he is so very humbled by the kind words that they have written here. Robert has the best students!

Oil painting of a flower, testimonial from student, Demmi Milo of RL Caldwell Studio

"...a natural teacher, willing to go the extra mile"


I have been a member of Robert Caldwell's art studio for 10 years!

I was looking for a group to join after moving here from Florida, and Robert's class was perfect for me.  

He is an award-winning Wildlife Artist, with great compositional skills which he shares with his class. He's also a natural teacher, willing to go the extra mile to help out a project.

He has nurtured many young and teen students so they are able to find their talent, apply and get accepted to, some of the best art schools in the US.

When Covid-19 closed his studios down, he figured out a way to mentor those of us willing to stay, via Zoom. I actually LOVE this teaching method, as I am able to do a lot of my painting at home. Being able to talk to him one on one, and with the help of his computer program, compose, correct, or see actual suggestions online is a wonderful game-changer for me.

I look forward to staying with this forward-moving artist as we all face the future.

-Demmi Milo

Paints in and a student since 2010.



Oil painting of a house, testimonial from student, Paula Smith of RL Caldwell Studio

"...an instructor who clearly loves to teach!”


I have been taking classes with Robert for several years now in the studio and more recently through his online instruction. In this short period of time, I have learned so much! An extremely accomplished artist in his own right, he is able to recognize his students unique style and works to develop this with each student on an individual basis. Through his online instruction, we are able to watch his teaching approach to students of all levels, thereby enriching our own learning experience. It is refreshing to learn from an instructor who clearly loves to teach!”

-Paula Smith

Paints in oils and a student since May 2019.

Acrylic painting of a plate of cherries, testimonial from student, Marie Lynch of RL Caldwell Studio

"I have no doubts about Robert's caliper of knowledge..."


After receiving art instruction from two different instructors in two mediums (oils and watercolors) I enrolled in Robert's painting/acrylics class 10 years ago and I remain hooked! I have no doubts about Robert's caliper of knowledge in his profession. He is constantly broadening his students' art goals, all the while exhibiting his patient manner and professionalism.

Robert's latest endeavor - online classes - offers a great way to experience art instruction at my convenience, all the while in a safe environment.

Marie Lynch

Paints in acrylics and a students since 2010.

Oil painting of beer and crabs, testimonial from student, Christie Jones of RL Caldwell Studio

"Robert's guidance has been, in a word, invaluable..."


I have known Robert Caldwell for about four years and came to him originally for coaching on composition, having learned that his focus was to teach the fundamentals of the master painters.  As a watercolor painter, I was confident in my use of my medium but wanted to re-address what made a good painting great.  Robert helped me apply the basic mathematical rules of the masters.  Through his coaching, I began to see again how to direct the viewer's eye and to use color values to balance my work and move the viewer through each piece. His guidance has changed how I fundamentally approach every new painting from sketch to color application.   As a result, I have begun to receive recognition from my peers in the watercolor profession.  Robert's guidance has been, in a word, invaluable, and I would recommend him to all levels of students, in all mediums.

Christie Jones

Paints in watercolor and has been a student since September 2017.

Graphite drawing of a young girl, testimonial from student, Susan Westfall of RL Caldwell Studio

"...his instruction is precise with genuine enthusiasm and encouragement..."


In 2019, I was drawn to Robert Caldwell's art classes by his work. I remember thinking, “ what do you mean this is not a photograph, it's a painting! Robert listened to my goals and then helped me to develop the foundation to achieve them. He is respected in the art world as a living master as well as by his students. There is no false praise in his studio, his instruction is precise with genuine enthusiasm and encouragement to help you grow to your next level. I am proud of the work I do with Robert Caldwell and grateful for his guidance. 

-Susan Westfall

Works with graphite pencil and has been a student since January 2019.

Oil painting of a old woman sewing, testimonial from student, Iris Toombs of RL Caldwell Studio

"His approach to design, color and composition in a painting have been a true asset for me."


Robert’s ability to share, demonstrate and guide me through the process from start to finish on an oil painting has made me approach a canvas in ways that I had not thought about since I started this hobby 10 yrs ago. I truly believe it is rather evident in what appears on my canvas since attending his studio for the last year. His approach to design, color and composition in a painting have been a true asset for me. But I’m sure if you’ve seen his artwork that is without a question one of his many talents.

-Iris Toombs

Painting in oil and has been a student since January 2018.

Oil painting of fall landscape, testimonial from student, Karen Knorr of RL Caldwell Studio

"I walk into a class (and now “ZOOM” in) and know I will come out with a new piece of knowledge..."


I have been a student of Robert’s for almost 2 years.  Even though I had taken art classes for a number of years before, I have learned so much in these years.   I walk into a class (and now “ZOOM” in) and know I will come out with a new piece of knowledge about color, value, light and/or composition!  Robert’s use of Photoshop during class is a fantastic tool in our new virtual environment.  The whole class feels invested in everyone’s artwork as we trade input.  Robert is a mentor to each student no matter your experience, medium, or style. 

-Karen Knorr

Painting in oil and has been a student since July 2018.

Graphite drawing of a pump house, testimonial from student, Lewis Stoneburner of RL Caldwell Studio

"...he spends time with each of us, guiding us through technical and practical ways to enhance our drawings."


It has been my privilege to participate in Robert’s drawing classes before and after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

I now look forward to our virtual classes every Tuesday, and thoroughly enjoy my wonderful “classmates”. This new segment of six classes will be my fourth.

Robert’s instruction has been immensely helpful. In the classroom and virtually he spends time with each of us, guiding us through technical and practical ways to enhance our drawings. While I have been sketching and painting for 40 years, Robert has shown me how to improve my artwork to accentuate shape and light.

I plan to continue taking Robert’s classes and highly recommend him.

-Lewis Stoneburner

Works with graphite pencil and has been a student since September 2019.

"His love of Art is so apparent and genuine..... he demonstrates this throughout every class."


I joined Robert’s class about 2 years ago because he had come so highly recommended by other artists and my printer.  Painting, drawing, and creativity have always been a fun part of my life and after retiring decided to get more serious about it.  He has taught me so much about composition and perspective.  Has made me see so much clearer, the possibilities of my ideas.  Helps me with all aspects of my art.  With the pandemic upon us, Robert has gone to virtual classes.  Getting on board was quite easy with Zoom.  And Robert continues to give equal time to each student.  His love of Art is so apparent and genuine..... he demonstrates this throughout every class.  I have become friends with other students and learn so much from them as well.  It is a wonderful and rewarding time to paint with such an awesome teacher and fellow artists.      

-Terry Harver

Painting in acrylic and has been a student since January 2019.