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The Gulfport Years

In the early 1990’s the road “called” Robert and he set out to discover new inspirational landscapes. He settled on the centrally located town of Gulfport, Mississippi, strategically located between the Florida panhandle and the Louisiana Bayou area. There he bought a small home and converted it into painting studio and additional workspaces to concentrate on some of his other hobbies and interests such as writing  and illustrating children’s books.

708 Rosemary Drive, Gulfport, MS | With Marilyn on the Gulfport beach | July 1996

With his health failing, Robert died on October 9th, 1996, but not without finishing some of most mature work and a final poem.

1. "Bob's Sled" 1995, acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", Collection of M. Wilson 

2. "Forest Shadows" 1996, acrylic on canvas, 48"x72", Collection of M. Wilson

In 1997, Marilyn Wilson donated 15 works from his Gulf Coast area works to the Gulfport Public Library. In 2010 Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast. The Library and the The Robert Wilson Collection was destroyed.*

 
The Gulfport Library Collection
Gulfport, Mississippi

*The images of the Gulfport Works do not represent the quality of the paintings – they are the only images of the works since all were destroyed.

 

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Approaching Storm, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
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Blue Bungalow, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
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Blue Cypress, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 26” x 36”
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Camouflage, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 36”
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Causeway, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48”
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Deep in the Bayou, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 32”
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Dunes at Sunset, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
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Full Moon, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
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Lily Pads, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 49”
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Reflections, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
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Sunrise Cottonfield, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
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Sunset Everglades, 1975, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 72”
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Jungle, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
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Yellow Marsh, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36"

The Gulfport Library Collection

1996 Landscape Collection
  • Sunset Everglades, 1975, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 72”
  • Blue Bungalow, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
  • Sunrise Cottonfield, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
  • Full Moon, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
  • Deep in the Bayou, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 32”
  • Yellow Marsh, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36"
  • Dunes at Sunset, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
  • Jungle, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
  • Reflections, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
  • Camouflage, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 36”
  • Approaching Storm, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
  • Blue Cypress, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 26” x 36”
  • Shadows, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 25” x 30”
  • Lily Pads, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 49”
  • Causeway, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48”
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