When Robert Quackenbush was twenty-five, he knew that he was supposed to be a painter. Ultimately, it took him another twenty five years to get to a point where he had the freedom to pursue this dream on a full-time basis.
During the intervening years Quackenbush spent his available free time in art school. Wherever he lived he would find a place to go to school. It started in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and it continues to this day. Whenever he had a place to use as a studio, he painted. When he didn’t have space, he painted in his head.
In 1996, Quackenbush was able to free himself to paint on a full-time basis. He was accepted into two group shows in 1997, and since then has had over fifteen solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions.