Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Robert K. Wittman, Founder of the FBI Art Crime Team


Artist Travis Simpkins recently completed a portrait of Robert K. Wittman, former FBI Special Agent and founder of the FBI Art Crime Team. A famous art theft detective, Bob Wittman searched the World as an undercover agent from 1988-2008. He recovered stolen masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Rodin, Norman Rockwell and cultural property including Pre-Columbian artifacts and a copy of the Bill of Rights. Today, Bob works in the private sector, managing his own Art Recovery and Security Consulting company. Bob Wittman is also the author of the best-selling 2010 memoir, “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.”

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Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins is a freelance artist, specializing in portrait illustration. His works are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. His clients include companies/personalities in the Film, Television, Radio, Music and Publishing industries, law enforcement agencies, museums, universities and municipal institutions. Travis is also a dedicated Art Museum employee and consultant. His efforts and connections have culminated in the addition of 300+ works of Art to the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, including 94 woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida. Travis' artistic skills have benefited the promotion of WAM programs involving the Audience Engagement, Education, Curatorial, Conservation and Marketing Departments. For the past several years, he has provided security training for newly hired art museum guards. In addition, Travis spent two years working in architectural conservation, aiding in the restoration of an 18th Century historic home in central Massachusetts. His art contributions and museum work have been featured in various publications, newspapers, web features and periodicals. As a professional artist, Travis Simpkins is a highly skilled observer. His unique eye for aesthetic detail, combined with a background in museum collections, preservation, research and security work lends itself perfectly to study, promotion and outreach related to Art Crime, Art History and Archaeology. In addition to Art Crime Illustrated, Travis Simpkins is also a regular contributor to , along with Art Crime and Security experts Anthony Amore (Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Vicki Oliveri.