Robert Templeton, realist painter of landscapes, portraits, trucks and highways, was born into a farming family in Iowa the year of the stock market crash. Life was hard, and eventually the family lost the farm. Through all the hardship he never gave up his love of books and paintings. He recalls how he looked forward to the arrival of the Saturday Evening Post with the cover painting by Norman Rockwell. Every spare moment between school and farming chores was used to fill his sketchbooks with scenes from the Iowa countryside. He won a National Merit Scholarship, which permitted him to study at the Kansas City Art Institute. He arrived in Kansas City, barely eighteen years old, with only twenty
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