Robert LeRoy Marshall was born in Mesquite, Nevada in 1944. A filmmaker, painter, and educator, he is known for large oils, documentary films, and as former chair of the art department at Brigham Young University. He lived in Springville, Utah.
Marshall earned a BA in 1966, and an MFA in 1968 from BYU where he was first influenced by Andrew Wyeth's work. As his career advanced, he began working on large-scale oil paintings and drew his influence from both abstract expressionism and realism. Marshall is also a documentary film maker well known for his film about early Utah painter C. C. A. Christensen.