Although born and raised in New York City, Robert Christie has become one of the best known dog and sporting artists in the South. During his high school days, because of his love of animals, he considered veterinary medicine, but the pull of art proved stronger. After high school graduation, he studied fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University for a year and a half before he returned to New York. There he studied illustration at and graduated from Pratt Institute. This was followed by postgraduate study of portrait painting at Pratt and at The Art Students League in New York.
Later he moved with his wife, Beth, and their first daughter, Carolyn, to Beth's hometown, Atlanta, Georgia. H
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