This website is a tribute to the life and artwork of Western Massachusetts artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885 -1957).

Dr. Mark L. Purinton

Mark Purinton (Doc. P.), is the founder, owner and administrator of Dr. Purinton grew up in Buckland, worked for RSW and became his close friend. Eventually he inherited the Woodward Southwick studio and maintains it today as a tribute to the Woodward legacy. Mark Purinton's story.
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Barbara Purinton

Barbara is the wife of Dr. Purinton. She has a degree in Library Science from Simmons College and has been an invaluable resource in organization and preservation of documents and general proofreading of the website.

Janet Gerry Nelke

Janet grew up two houses down the street from Mr. Woodward's Southwick studio. She received her degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and has had a lifelong passion studying Robert Strong Woodward. In addition to her full-time job, she is a researcher, historian and biographer on Mr. Woodward. Janet Gerry's story. In 2009 she published her first book "Artist Against All Odds, The Story of Robert Strong Woodward."
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Larch Purinton

Larch is the son of Dr. Purinton. He became webmaster for in 2006 and is also the photographer for most of the high resolution images available online.
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Brian Charles Miller

Brian combines artistic abilities with progamming computer code. In 2008 he suggested a complete rewrite of the website. He designed and created the new clean format you see online today. He continues to write new pages replacing the existing gallery pages.
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Daniel Field

Dan Field developed the original website starting in about 2000. He built hundreds of pages and produced the original website design. While no longer actively involved, his years of effort are still appreciated.

Contact Us

Janet Gerry Nelke, Dr. Mark Purinton, and Barbara Purinton
Janet Gerry Nelke, Dr. Mark Purinton, and Barbara Purinton in December 2009

We are very interested in obtaining better information about any Woodward art work. If you know the location of a Woodward painting or chalk drawing, please contact us. We are especially interested in obtaining better images of paintings and chalks. In many cases, we have no pictures, or only a poor black and white image.

We can accept any common digital graphic format (jpg, jpeg, bmp, gif, png, tif, etc.) Please use as high a resolution as possible and take the photograph in good light. Reflections from a flash can often be a problem. Taking the painting outside is ideal, but often not practical. If the artwork is in the New England area, we would be willing to take the picture for you.

Please tell us about the painting's history and current status. This includes:

    Painting Name
    Location where painted originally
    Location of painting today (this can be general)
    Date, Location and Price at purchase (if available)
    Personal stories about the painting
    Attach photo of painting

All information is optional, but any information is greatly appreciated. All information given us will be held completely confidential. Your name or home address will not be mentioned on the site as a current owner. Private owner's names or the location of privately owned artwork will never be published or revealed.
Any information can be E-Mailed to: 

Please include "Robert Strong Woodward" in the subject line.