About Robert

 

Robert began his decorating career in the mid 1970's at a pet shop where one of his duties was aquarium maintenance and installations. One day Steven Roth of R.S.L Films came into the shop and hired Robert to install a large Oscar tank in his office. Shortly after, Robert was hired to set up a large Oscar tank for Robert Mitchum's office set in the film 'Agency' (the opening credits roll over the tank).

In between RSL productions, Robert began freelancing as a visual display artist and had several clients including LA Express, Suzy Shier, and Van Houtte Coffee.

1984 Robert moved to the Bahamas and acquired his Yoga Instructor's Certificate at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island.

He spent close to two years living at the ashram before his wanderlust began to set in....

From there he moved to Los Angeles where he became an Art Director for Disney Educational Studios working on three educational videos and he was involved in the stage productions "Polo Lounge" and "Coyote Ugly" as a set decorator and property master. Robert also began to design masks and costumes and within a couple of months had 6 stores carrying his product line.

Some of the Costumes Designed and Made by Robert Over The Years

 

Eventually burning out on the LA smog and traffic, Robert returned to the tropics and began working for tropical resorts as a Set Designer, Entertainment Director, and Entertainer. 1994 Robert returned to Canada and settled in Vancouver, BC. where he spent some time working as a costume consultant and as a visual display artist for Sears in Capilano Mall where one of his displays won him "Best in Canada" in a national display competition.

In 1996 Robert began to freelance as Decorator, Designer, and as a Character Actor in the Corporate & Special Event markets. 

Working with many of Vancouver's Event and Destination Management Companies, Robert's clients have ranged from decorating Z95's Cupid's Ball at the Commodore, designing the Annual Christmas Party for Envision Credit Union at the Tradex Convention Center, to being the Site Manager for the East Fraserlands Design Charette.

Robert developed the reputation for being able to work "display magic" regardless of the event's budget: From the basic to the most elaborate, from the design stage right to completion, all his work is done in a timely and professional manner.

In 2003, Robert's love of Halloween was awarded "Best in BC" by CTV for a 7,000 sq.. Haunted Labyrinth he designed in collaboration with Potter's House of Horrors.

Since 2007, Robert has been working in Film and Television here in Vancouver. He is a member of I.A.T.S.E local 891 and ACFC and can be hired as either an On Set Decorator or Set Dresser.

Robert was the On Set Decorator for 28 episodes of YTV's hit Kid's TV Comedy show titled "Mr. Young", the On Set Decorator for season 1, 2 & 3 of the Hit YTV show "Some Assembly Required", and the On Set Decorator for CTV's "Package Deal" Season 2".

As a result, Robert has gained valuable experience working with the multi-camera format and perhaps is the On Set Decorator with the most multi-camera format experience in Canada.

Professional Affiliations:

IATSE 891 ACFC CPAWC Logo

 

Additional experience includes:

  • Web site designer and Web Master for several clients in the Greater Vancouver Area
  • Marketing and Promotions for Night Clubs
  • Visual Display Artist
  • Entertainment Coordinator for resorts
  • EMCEE

Community Volunteering

  • Volunteer Webmaster for the seniors center Century House Association (1 year)
  • Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Instructor for the City of Vancouver's NEPP for 3 years. Recipient of a Certificate of Merit for his services from Mayor Philip Owen

Robert is pictured here with Mayor Philip Owen and other members of City of Vancouver's NEPP who also received a Certificate of Merit for their volunteer services.

Hobbies

  • Halloween
    Creating haunted environments, dressing up in spooky costumes, and scaring people is Robert's passion. Robert owns and operates Canada's #1 Halloween Website and has done so since 2006. www.canadianhalloween.com Canadian Halloween
  • Online MMO's
    1st person shooters (Battle Field 3) , PVP MMO's (RIFT,ESO) or 3D modeling in a metaverse such as Second Life is how Robert likes to relax.
  • Aquariums
    Robert has enjoyed aquariums since he was a little boy. Currently he maintains a 50 gallon aquarium containing about 30 different Tetras.
  • Designing Board and Card Games
    Robert has designed games such as Funopoly, Rhyme Time, and Plunder Pirates, all without any commercial success but a lot of fun making them!

About Robert Barton

"We have been very impressed with Robert's talent as it relates to conception and implementation of our promotional events." - Colin Vance Campbell, General Manager, The Roxy

"Robert was our Director
of Entertainment here at Club Cancun Plaza where he demonstrated dedication, commitment, and worked extremely hard to develop our resort's Entertainment Department. His creativity and professionalism will be missed." - Cesar Perdomo, Managing Director, Club Cancun Plaza

Robert's You Tube Channel