"Robert Highsmith received his art training from New Mexico State University and the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, graduating with honors in 1971. Since then he has had many one-man and group shows throughout the country. Critics and collectors alike have liked his work too. He is the recipient of over a hundred awards for watercolor and painting, and his watercolors are in numerous corporate and private collections in this country and abroad. The desert landscape and the canyons of the southwest are Highsmiths favorite subjects. His paintings are strong, unsentimental statements with equal parts heart and technical virtuosity. "? M. Stephen Doherty, American Artist.
Currently he is a signature member the American Watercolor Society and the New Mexico Watercolor Society, with memberships in the National Watercolor Society, and the San Diego Watercolor Society.
Shows/Awards: (abbreviated list)
The Artist's Magazine-National Competition-2007 (2 Finalist Awards in Landscape Category)
Arts International Exhibition (Jurors Award) ? El Paso, TX - 2007
MasterWorks, Albuquerque, NM (2nd for watercolor) - 2007
Art for the Parks Top 100 ?Jackson Hole, WY - 2006
Adirondack Nat. Exhibition of American Watercolors, NY - 2006
Hilton Head Art League National Exhibition (Merit Award) - 2006
Western Federation of Artists (Lubbock, TX) - 2006
Art for the Parks Top 100 ?Jackson Hole, WY - 2005
San Diego Watercolor International ?San Diego, CA - 2005
One-Man-Show - Glenn Cutter Gallery - Las Cruces, NM 2005
MasterWorks, Albuquerque, NM - 2005
Fiesta of the Arts-Farm & Ranch Museum-1st in Watercolor 2005
12 Solo shows - Arts Exclusive, Simsbury, CT 1988-2002
Arts International Exhibition (Jurors Award) ? El Paso, TX 2004
Montana Watercolor Society ? Bigfork, Montana (award) 2004
Western Federation of Artists (Award of Excellence) - 2004
New Mexico Watercolor Society - 2001 (Award), 2002, 2003 (Award), 2004 (Award) (signature member)
MasterWorks, Albuquerque, NM - 2004
Red River WS, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND - 2004
Georgia Watercolor Society (award), Athens, GA - 2004
SC Watercolor Society - Awards 2000, 2001, 2002
41st Beaufort Art League Show, Beaufort, SC-Award 2002
Hilton Head National Art Exhibition, SC 1997 (Award), 2002
The Artist's Magazine - National Competition -1993 (Finalist)
CAFA, New Britain Museum, CT 1987
American Watercolor Society, NY, NY 1979 (Award), 1984,1986,1987 (signature member)
SCAF Foundation - Best in Show, Sharon CT 1983
One-Man-Show, Mattatuck College, Waterbury, CT 1982
Collections: (abbreviated list)
Capital Art Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
Beach National Bank
Southern New England Telephone
Maitland City Hall, Maitland FL
First Federal Bank of Sarasota, FL
WCHS Television, Portland, ME
Hilton Head Public Library
U.S. Embassy, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
American Artist Magazine, May 2007 - "How to Make Paintings Better?Much Better"
Watercolor Magic February 2007 - "New Horizons"
Southwest Artist Magazine, October, 2005 and 2007 "Best of the West"
Southwest Artist Magazine, January, 2008 "Best of the West"
The Artists Magazine 2008-calendar