These documentary styled paintings are all done with the assistance of those portrayed coordinating their own photo shoots and celebrating their vocations or hobbies. Together we work on how the portrait should be handled. Each participant writes his or her own biography and ends it with a positive note for all of us to ponder and live by!  Please view the entire collection at:

Robby Broadcasting Hockey
Tuscon, Arizona ~ 2021
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"

Robby was diagnosed with NF at birth, passed on genetically from their mother. Robby is the third child of four children. The eldest sibling in the family also has NF as well. Robby didn’t really understand it until they regularly started to have scheduled MRI’s at around 6 years old. Throughout late elementary school to middle school, Robby was continually bullied for being different. Robby had a big head, was unathletic, had short stature, among other issues. The bullying ended when they became more open about their life with NF and decided to raise awareness. They did this by running a half marathon at 13 years old in the 8th grade. Through that, Robby had a boost in confidence that helped them get through the high school years at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, CA. After high school, Robby went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

Robby is now a digital producer for KCUB-AM, Wildcats Radio 1290, as well as a podcast host for the Locked on Podcast Network, covering the Arizona Coyotes. To this day, Robby and his family continue to be open and spread awareness about NF, and while the family doesn’t participate in many races anymore, they are still a big part of the community and are open to sharing their experiences with others.
Oil Portraits NF1 (United States)