photo of Robert Brun


Robert Brun: Born in Baltimore, MD, Robert’s interest in aviation began at a very early age. During the first 18 years of his life he built scale and flying models of just about “anything with a propeller”, but his primary interestis aircraft of the 1930s and 40s.

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design (R.I.S.D.) in the 1970’s where he earned his B.F.A. in Illustration, Robert worked for various advertising agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 1986 Robert founded the Independent Pencil Company where over the next 15 years he honed his artistic skills as a professional illustrator. In 1998, after 18 years of commercial work, he made the successful transition to fine art.

Moving to Newburyport in 1985, where he currently lives and works, Robert continues to paint scenes depicting flight and the New England coast. His paintings can be seen at the Plum Island Aerodrome, the Walsingham Gallery and in private collections of pilots, sailors and art enthusiasts throughout the country. In 2009 and 2011 two paintings, "Hurricane Scramble" and "Flight of the Tomahawk" were awarded Awards of Merit and the CEA Simufite juried show in Dallas, TX.

”It is the excitement and freedom of flight along with the inherent beauty of the aircraft among the clouds that inspires my work. To be able to combine art with flying is truly the best of both worlds."