Artist Robert J Wilkens Robert feels blessed to be a purgatory artist -seeing two worlds and trapped in neither. Hispanic by birth, his adoption at age eleven, provides his Anglo last name. Inspired by Michelangelo and Da Vinci, he began his career doing murals and trompe l’oeil. His works are in Texas churches, businesses, homes and culminated with the Theater Room of the White House for First Lady Laura Bush As his skills developed, his influences have expanded to include Doolittle, Dali and Picasso. He remains open to a diverse range of styles, subject matters, and mediums, including sculpture, plein air, portraits, still life, and is known in San Antonio for his Day of the Dead paintings. Determined to find his own voice as an artist, his current work uses referential surrealism and emotional expressionism in an attempt to expand consciousness and challenge intellectual reality. His work is collected throughout the United States and Mexico.