Robert "Bear" Royal started experimenting and growing in his art on the west coast of Canada where he developed a great love for wood as a medium. He spent 20 years out there designing and building furniture and developing an eye for lines and colors.
Residing in the Niagara region since 2009, he has continued to hone his skills and explore through his art. Over the years reclaimed wood has become the primary medium he works in. Robert has a great appreciation for the weathering and patination found in old wood as it has a look that cannot be easily duplicated. The "encapsulated time" visually displayed in the patinas of aged wood connects him emotionally with his own aging/mortality and so resonates with him at a deep level.
Over the last 4 years Robert has had several very successful local shows including a showing at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in 2020, and a second prize at the Friends of Crystal Beach Art Show in 2022; as well as over 50 reclaimed wood mosaics and sculptures going out to collectors in Canada and the United States.