Robert Chamberlain was born at Tenino, Washington in 1930. He attended schools there and graduated high school in 1947. After a very short career as a logger he began an apprenticeship as a sign painter until entering the army in 1951.
Upon discharge in 1953 he worked a short time as a sign painter and enrolled in the advertising art class at the old Edison Technical School in Seattle under the instruction of Paul Immel.
His watercolors have been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum and The Seattle Center. He has been featured in one-man shows at The State Historical Museum in Tacoma and Olympia, Whitman College and Oregon State College. His most recent show was at the Desert Gallery in Yuma, Arizona.
He and his wife Margaret have raised three children and reside at Kamilche Point in Mason County near Shelton. The home they built there includes a 500 square foot art studio.
In addition to painting he teaches art both at his studio and at Senior Centers.