By Alison Shea
Schaar Art Studio
34072 Violet Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Robert Schaar has gained an international reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile artists of our time, and he is not looking to slow down anytime soon. Schaar moved to Dana Point four months ago after closing his Laguna Beach studio of over 30 years. He loves his work, keeping a busy schedule working six days a week at his new Dana Point location.
When talking about his art, Schaar said, “It’s something I have to do, it’s an important part of my life and I’ve done it for so many years.”
He described his passion for art as “instinctive” and his pursuit of art as “selfish” but good-natured. He aims to please himself while also hoping that other people will receive the same pleasure he does. For his art Schaar believes the less complex the better so as to promote the most understanding and enjoyment. He also identified himself as a fan of spontaneity and adventure.
Schaar’s work is displayed in museums worldwide and he is one of only a select few artists who comprise the NASA Art Program. He has painted many famous people such as NASA’s Christa McAuliffe. Other notable portraits of his include former president Gerald Ford, the Blue Angels, jockeys Johnny Longdon and Willie Shoemaker and baseball all-star Duke Snider among many other governmental and private-industry moguls. Other paintings of his include scenes from significant events such as the Kentucky Derby, American and European sporting events.
He received his art training at the Art Center College of Design now located in Pasadena back when it was a tiny school in LA. After serving in the Korean War as a Navy staff artist, Schaar took on an art apprenticeship in Europe and later in Southern California. After “pounding the pavement,” on his own as a working artist, the demand for his work continued to build. However, his technique has never changed—structural unity with the solid fundamentals of drawing, composition and design.