Bob Pope and LisBeth Graham September-December 2023
Bob discovered art with encouragement from his art teacher in the 4th grade. He made a half dozen papier-mâché animals that year. In his early 20s, he worked as a house painter and learned to install wallpaper while working for a small construction company. The company specialized in fire, wind, and water damage. He was often told by his boss that he was an artist after completing a complicated job while matching colors, textures, and fabrics on these projects.
Bob retired from a career in construction in 2020 and found his passion for painting in the early days of the pandemic. Inspiration for his Plein-air paintings often comes while sitting on the deck of his cabin nestled in the woodlands in southern Tennessee. He has studied with Rose Marie Prins at the Morean Arts Center and has learned tremendously from his critiques and workshops at Studio 1212 in Dunedin. Bob has shown paintings at The Morean Arts Center where he's an artist member, Sterling Studios, Tarpon Springs Artist Guild, Studio 1212, the Safety Harbor Library, and the Historical Museum.
Bob has recently started experimenting with his collages series and continually seeks new ideas and challenges.
After 25 years as a creative director for many New York and California agencies and national corporations, LisBeth Graham was compelled to rekindle her inner spirit, and connection to tangible creativity by changing direction. Ms. Graham has studied art, fine craft and coached creativity for over 18 years. After receiving honors in art therapy for aging populations she found new inspiration. By combining her need to create with her need to communicate, Ms. Graham completed a rigorous two and half year masters certification in "Creative Expression" at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto. She also taught for the prestigious Dale Chihuly Foundation. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and has collections in galleries in Arizona, Colorado, California and Florida.