Robert A. and Robert B. FletcherKorean War veteran Robert A. Fletcher paints watercolors of military funerals with an exquisite sensitivity. Viewers respond in kind. Hundreds of veterans and veterans' families have written to Bob after seeing one of his Veterans' Week exhibitions in Washington DC or after reading his feature article in the May, 2000 issue of VFW Magazine. Each correspondent has had a story to tell of a loved one or a personal war experience - a story that has been evoked by the paintings.
 
After serving in the Korean War, Bob became a general partner in the advertising agency Fletcher-Walker-Gessell. For twenty-five years he worked with a variety of prestigious clients creating corporate themes, promotion concepts, corporate/client programs, corporate presentations, government proposals and illustrations. His illustrations appeared in countless magazines throughout these years and his technical drawings were featured in Aviation Week, Flight Magazine and Jane's Armament Books.
 
Bob illustrated a three-volume series of children's books entitled Building On The Rock by J.R. Beeke, Netherlands Reformed Books, 1993. He also illustrated the cover of Jehovah Shepherding His Sheep by Joel R. Beeke, Reformation Heritage Books, 1997.
 
In 1999, he was honored as American Legion Citizen of the Year in Orange County, New York. Bob was specifically recognized for the heightened awareness he brought to the American veteran through his military paintings and his work as a leader in the community. A member of VFW Post 4662 and American Legion Post 214, he was recently nominated Outstanding Senior of New York State.
 
Bob has been painting since he was five years old and his interest in military funerals began around this time. He remembers parades from his youth and how the veterans looked in their ancient uniforms. He remembers the way they walked, old in years and experiences but still proud, and he remembers a certain look in their eyes. In the winter of 1939, eight-year-old Robert was sledding when an olive drab hearse bearing a World War I veteran slowly passed down the avenue, followed by a number of mourning families. The somber power of this scene moved young Robert and he ran after it, insisting on keeping up, dragging his sled behind him. He felt a kinship with this solemn ceremony that would stay with him throughout his life.
 
Fourteen years ago, as Robert was walking in the hills of his hometown, Warwick, NY, he came across a forgotten cemetery and the grave of Revolutionary War veteran Col. David McCamly. An idea that would fulfill a childhood passion was born - the first in the Remembrance series. A few months later while walking in a fresh snowfall he saw a funeral procession leaving the historic New Milford Methodist church. He realized that this church had seen funerals of Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans and the idea for the entire Remembrance exhibit was formed.
 
Bob paints in a reconstructed barn overlooking a pond on his farm in Warwick, N.Y. His studio also serves as a gallery for his work. Fletcher has four children. He and his wife Elizabeth enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren.
Robert B. Fletcher is the author of Blues Harmonica for Beginners and Blues Grooves for Rhythm Guitar (Alfred Publications). He is also the author of The Gospel Harmonica Workbook and Kim Wilson: My Blues (both from Kevin's Harps Publications).
 
A regular columnist for American Harmonica Newsmagazine, Harmonica World, and a contributor to Zip Lines: The Voice of Adventure Education, Rob's work has been published in a variety of music magazines and arts journals. He has been an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop for over a dozen years and has taught and performed with two-time Grammy Award nominee and W.C. Handy Award winner Ronnie Earl.
 
Rob is an exceptional singer, harmonica player and guitarist who has performed with Trey Anastasio of Phish as well as blues great Ronnie Earl. He and his music partner Lou Manzi perform an original acoustic blend of blues, jazz, and R & B in New York City and throughout New England. In addition to the Remembrance CD, their delightful debut album Horsin' Around Live (Life is Swell Music) was released in January 2003.
 
Rob is also a corporate teambuilding consultant and is trained as a Wilderness First Responder. He holds a BA in Music Performance from the State University of New York at New Paltz and lives on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
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