Artists like O’Dell are to be treasured in today’s changing world. He does in paintings what a poet like Robert Frost did in words. He preserves not just the images but the spirit of the land that makes Americans unique and strong. There is peace and beauty in all he paints.
Rob O’Dell (1938–2017) was a celebrated Midwest watercolorist. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he received his formal training and was introduced to watercolor by Irving Shapiro.