Kerfoot, Kearfott and Allied Families in America: published 1948. Kearfott was the editor and author of this family history and genealogical work, working with his sister, Mary Lucretia Kearfott Stone. He drew some sketches of family homes for the volume, including Lover’s Retreat. Lorna_042-105
Portraiture and “Modern Art”. Kearfott focused
on portraits in oil for the majority of his career
as an artist. For many years he was affiliated
with Portraits, Inc, of New York, where his work
was shown in their Park Avenue galleries.
Kearfott preferred to work from life, but
painted from photographs when the subject
was unavailable for sittings or deceased.

In January, 1946, his work was exhibited in
Winston-Salem, NC. This exhibition consisted
mainly of portraits completed during the
previous year in Martinsville.  He also had a one
man show at the Mint Museum of Art in


There is a story about Kearfott painting R.J. Reynolds’ portrait, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kearfott was smoking a Lucky Strike (not made by Reynolds Tobacco). Reynolds said that wouldn’t do. Kearfott said, “I’ll never give them up.” It is said that he never worked in Winston-Salem again.

He exhibited his work in Roanoke, Virginia, a number of times. Mary Bland Armistead wrote a long article for the Roanoke Times about the 1958 exhibit. “‘Modern art is pretty full of fakers,’ Robert R. Kearfott thinks, ‘and the trouble is you can’t tell which artists are faking.’ The handsome white-haired portraitist, Virginia native and resident of Mamaroneck, NY, is in Roanoke for his second private art show in four years. He has selected 25 of his more recent works, mostly portraits and several of Roanokers, for display at the Bank of Virginia, from November 24 to December 2.