Robert E. Spring was born in Racine, Wisconsin and raised in Florida. In 1956 he attended Ringling School of Art on a scholarship. During the 1960s, Robert turned his attentions towards sculpture and won several prestigious regional awards. Continually evolving as an artist, by 1969 he was working in scrimshaw on a full-time basis. His internationally known scrimshaw has been featured in Lesley Linsay’s book, Scrimshaw, and in William Gilkersons’ book, The Scrimshander. During the 1970s and ’80s he became interested in military modeling and won many prizes for his dioramas. By the late ’80s, he had returned to watercolor for the first time since art school.
Robert’s work is included in the permanent collections of both Mystic Seaport and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Robert has participated in many invitational exhibitions, as well as one-man and group shows all over New England. He has lived in Rhode Island since 1984 with his wife Isyla.