Dr. Robert M. Appleman

Title: Watercolor Artist
Company: Appleman Art
Location: Kamulea, Hawaii, United States

Robert Appleman, Watercolorist at Appleman Art, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the medical and artistic fields.

After three decades of surgical practice from 1965 to 1995 in Sacramento that followed his service in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1969 as a lieutenant commander and senior medical officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, Dr. Appleman returned to his youthful interest in art and enrolled in drawing, printmaking and clay sculpture classes, and enjoyed his first art exhibit in Sacramento in the late 1990s. Following his move to Hawaii with his wife Joy in 2003, the grandeur of the terrain, flora and fauna inspired him to take up watercolor painting.

Beginning in 2005, Dr. Appleman has distributed his artwork through his website, applemanart.com, and has hosted monthly schedules of weekly “paint-outs,” known as the Plein Air Group, in a variety of locations in the Kohalas that attract painters from all over the Hawaiian Islands as well as the mainland U.S.A. and Canada. In 2012, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel honored Dr. Appleman by selecting him from among 1,500 artists on the Island of Hawaii as its Artist in Residence. Additionally, his art received Best in Show at the Watercolor Plein Air Painters Show at the Kahilu Theater in 2015.

Dr. Appleman completed coursework at the University of Chicago in 1952 and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science in pre-medicine in 1957 and then a Medical Doctor from the University of Michigan in 1959. He followed with an internship with Minneapolis General Hospital, now known as Hennepin County Medical Center, the same year. Dr. Appleman then served a residency in general surgery with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota from 1960 to 1964. Following his retirement from practice, he provided superior service as a disability evaluator for Sacramento County from 1995 to 2002. Dr. Appleman was an accomplished athlete in his youth, capturing the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field championship in pole vault in Columbus, Ohio in 1955.

It was Dr. Appleman’s uncle, who served as an admiral in the Dental Corps of the United States Navy, that inspired him to work in the United States Navy. Like his uncle, his father was a dentist in the military, but he was also a professor of dentistry. He completed his medical degree at the University of Michigan, which was also his mother’s alma mater. Dr. Appleman’s interest in art can be traced back to his childhood when his teacher would often ask him to draw on the blackboard because he was a fast learner. He has always had a love for the arts, which was partly influenced by his exposure to the abundance of art available for everyone’s pleasure in Washington’s galleries. His favorite painting is by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, called, “A Girl with a Watering Can.”

Dr. Appleman cites his time as a commander on the USS Kearsarge as a career highlight. The greatest pleasure he has had the privilege to experience as a physician was being able to take care of patients. He appreciates the “patient-first” philosophy that he learned in training and turned down an award from the United States Navy for his contribution in Vietnam, as he believed that the credit did not belong to him alone. In the coming years, Dr. Appleman is aspiring to make increasingly better paintings and desires to keep painting until he can no longer lift a brush.

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