Twilight, 1906
oil on canvas
24'' x 36''
Semler, Robert C.

Robert C. Semler studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in figure and portrait work.  After a long career in publishing and illustration, Mr. Semler now paints full time and teaches plein-air painting and portraiture at the Art League of Manatee County, Bradenton, Florida, where he currently resides.

He was an adjunct Professor of drawing, painting, and art history at Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey.  Several times a year he still conducts portrait demonstrations for various art and private organizations in that area. 

Mr. Semler is president of the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists, dedicated to educating the public on the finest marine art produced today.  He is also a member of the Society of Illustrators, the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Portrait Institute, and is listed in the Directory of American Portrait Artists.  Active with the United States Coast Guard Art Program, he travels extensively, has served as membership chairman, and has won national Coast Guard awards for his contributions and support for their art program.  Seven of his paintings are in their permanent collection. 

He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions throughout the country.  His paintings are in many permanent collections, including the Ship Preservation Guild of Philadelphia; Rowan University, Glassboro; The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia; the Philadelphia Flyers; and the White House, Washington, D.C.

He was the featured artist in an issue of Naval History Magazine, and in the book Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea, published by North Light Books. 

The artist has two limited edition prints in publication - "Gazela of Philadelphia," and "Anticipation."