Robert grew up in Connecticut positioned between extensive collections of Japanese art at New York and Boston museums.  As a teenager informal mentorships began with the Rosenberg’s of Vallin Galleries as well as Robert O. Muller whose shinhanga print collection is now a centerpiece at the Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.  The focus of Robert’s interests chronologically have been prints, ceramics, sword blades and fittings. 

Robert earned degrees in Marketing and Japanese Studies prior to living in Japan for several years in the 1990s.  During his time in Japan, he had the monthly honor to study Japanese swords with the Curator of the Imperial Household Collection. 

In 2013, Robert had the opportunity to appraise the collection of Japanese swords at the Peabody Museum, Yale University in preparation of the “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace” exhibition. 

Robert works in the IT industry but continues collecting and researching Japanese works of art with frequent study visits to Japan.