Hello, my name is Bob Stotts and welcome to my on-line portfolio. I’m also going to use this site as a blog for visitors to enjoy my postings of the various creative projects that I have, and am, working on. The menu bars above have convenient drop down sub-menu navigation, the site is searchable using the box to the right, and you will find download-able samples, contact info, resume, etc. under the “info” menu tag above.
I’m an industrial designer, by training, and have the good fortune to be living the life of a professional artist. My avocation is my vocation and, even given the opportunity to never have to work again, I doubt that I’d change any of what I do day to day. Design, painting, ceramics, woodwork, drawing, teaching is what I do for fun when I’m not Designing, painting,doing ceramics, woodworking, drawing, or teaching. More and more, I discover how powerful is the space of working your creative energy-and what a critical foil it is to the impersonal challenges that most of our day to day lives demand. I hope that, if your a potential client, you enjoy my work and the projects that I feature on this site and keep me in mind as you find yourself in need of a designer, illustrator, conceptualist, or craftsman. For those stopping by just for the fun of it-welcome. I hope that you find inspiration in my work, but the highest achievement that I could have would be to inspire you to pick up a paintbrush, or ball of clay, and begin exploring your own artistry.
Art is not the domain of those few special beings that have some mysterious “gift” that the rest of us lack. Most importantly, it is a personal vehicle for exploration that, despite what those in the “art world” would have us believe, has nothing to do with how anyone else would judge how “talented” you are or not. Even if your goal is to develop objective “skill”, even that is only the inevitable result of training and practice, that’s all. However, more and more, I discover that the real benefit of art is the simple tactile pleasure of the feel of paint as the brush moves through it, the stretching of the wet clay under your fingers as it transforms from a ball to a vessel, or the enjoyment of the doodles that lead to some design solution for a piece of furniture-and anyone can enjoy that.
Therefore, give yourself the gift of doing art. Make a space to play and enjoy the rich culture that we live in. You can get a sketchbook at any grocery store and, even if you are in one of those rare regions where good instructors are unavailable-excellent training dvds and books on every imaginable art form is just a couple of mouse clicks away.
One of my oil paintings, “Carrots and Peppers” in one of the arts and crafts style frames that I just completed. Another of the many benefits of practicing an art or craft-you can take your skills and sensibilities from one medium to any other.