b"concentratesohardwhenImworkingthatIneverhearornoticethemusic.Ivenowditchedthespeakerformoretablespace.Aswithanyartist,thereisalwaysabeginning.FormanyyearsRobertpaintedminiature,54mmsoldiersforahobby,withakeeneyeforauthenticity.Heenjoyedthesolitudepaintingbrought,andthesatisfactionofaccomplishingfinedetails.Thehobbystayedwithhimintoadulthood,alongwithapassionforcollecting19thcenturyAmericanfineartprints.Eventuallyminiatures,fineart,hispassionforarchitecture,andrealestatewouldjuxtaposeintothisoverwhelmingpassionforauthenticminiaturespaces.Hisfirstroomwascompletedin1998asaChristmasgiftforhiswife.HecalleditTheOhioRoom,inspiredbytheminiaturearchitecturalboxessuchastheThorneRoomsandEugeneKupjack,nowonpermanentdisplayandthemostviewedexhibitsatTheChicagoArtInstitute.Thatroomtriggeredapassion,andeventuallyadesiretocreateroomboxesthathelpedfillanicheforseriouscollectors.Fiftypercentofmyclientsareminiaturists,collectors,ormuseumshousingminiaturecollections.Howevertheotherfiftypercentcouldbebestcharacterizedasartcollectors.Theybuymyboxesasart'andincorporatethemintothedcoroftheirlivingspace.Surprisingly,manyendupinthebedroom.Patronstellmethattheylovelookingatthemjustbeforetheyretireinordertofeelcalm.Itpleasesmetonoendthatthisistheirfinalthoughtoftheday.Entirelyself-taught,Roberthasspenthoursstudyingbooksonstagedesignandlighting,studyingtheworksofothers,anddevelopingamarketingstrategyandbusinessplanthatsetsagoalofhavinghisworkacceptedbytheartworldasalegitimatemeansofartisticexpression.DebWeissler"