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Renowned Artist/Painter RB McGrath Visits Chat!

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RB McGrath was born in a fishing village named Branch in St. Mary's Bay on the southern coast of the Avalon peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. Born to a Newfoundland Mother and an American Air Force Father, the family transferred from Newfoundland to Jacksonville, Arkansas when McGrath was fourteen years of age.
     McGrath's artistic pursuits began in the 1980's where in Boston the artist painted a large mural entitled "Mother Earth" for a facility at Northeastern University. In recent years McGrath's "Portrait of President William Jefferson Clinton in Profile" has been installed in the Clinton Foundation offices of the Choctaw Building at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. The artist's Portrait of Governor Mike Beebe is now part of the Mansion Permanent collection, also in Little Rock. McGrath works are in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada including an entire collection of city landscapes now installed in a permanent exhibit at City Hall in Jacksonville, Arkansas courtesy of the Joan Zumwalt Collection. In 2013 McGrath's first public art project: the design of the Fallen Hero's Memorial Garden to be located on the grounds of the new Fire and Police facility in Jacksonville. In 2010 McGrath's "Portrait of Salvatore Moltisanti", Founder and President of the IBLA Foundation, was installed in the IBLA Foundation Headquarters in New York City.
     McGrath's current project is a thirty piece collection of works entitled SHIFT - A Paradigm of Masters of the Arts, in which the Artist is painting portraits of other Artists. 
     An avid amateur musician, McGrath also plays violin and cello as part of a seven member string ensemble, and is a prolific supporter of visual arts and music education.