Robert Sissel was born in Eastern Iowa and spent his childhood years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Robert attended Wayne State College in Nebraska. Realists Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell served to inspire Sissel during this time.
In 1981 Sissel opened Northwood Gallery in Sioux City, Iowa. While the gallery consumed the majority of Robert's time, the desire to become a recognized wildlife artist made the long evenings and weekends spent in his in-home studio worthwhile. The gallery affords him the opportunity to study first-hand the latest techniques and effects learned during recent art symposiums with artists like John Seerey Lester, and Carl Brenders.
Robert manages Northwood Gallery and has three sons Jason, Matthew and Austin. He lives in a log cabin home in rural Sioux City, Iowa.
The collection of original works by Robert Sissel portrays meticulous attention to detail. He brings landscapes and his fascination with wildlife vividly to life in his favorite medium, acrylic on masonite
Robert says, "The dual honor of winning both the 1989 Iowa Habitat and the Trout Stamp Competition is another milestone toward becoming a recognized and respected wildlife artist."