In 1961, Bob enrolled at Utah State University on an academic scholarship with a major in the sciences, but after a year of school he was not enjoying the course work and started questioning his choice of careers. Bob enrolled in an Art Appreciation class as a group-filler. During that class, the professor, Dr. Twain Tippetts, gave an assignment to create a piece of art in the style of the painter, Mondrian. The students all had to present their art to the class. When Bob showed his assignment, Dr. Tippetts asked him if he was an art major. Bob said, "No.", to which the professor said, "You should be, come to my office after class". In Dr. Tippett's office, the professor told Bob, "You have a phenomenal natural sense of design. Have you ever considered majoring in art?" That was the beginning of the pursuit of art as a profession. Bob says he immediately changed majors and felt as though he had "come home." He thoroughly enjoyed the classes and found the homework to actually be exciting and motivating. Fortunately, Bob was already at a university that had, and still has, a nationally respected reputation for its programs in both advertising design and photography.
Bob graduated with a BFA degree in advertising design and photography and a year and a half later graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree, also from Utah State University. He started his career immediately after graduation, and hasn't looked back.
Bob's professional endeavors have been in the areas of product advertising, photography and graphic design. Some of his clients have been: Browning, Healthrider, Weslo-Proform, Iomega, Intel, Dynatec International, Prime Option, Ballet West, Hammerton, and many more. Most of that work has been in the advertising arena, but all the time Bob's first artistic love has been "Fine Art Photography." He has been an outspoken advocate of Fine Art Photography being considered a serious, accepted art form, while many others were not giving photography the same level of respect.
Bob taught evening classes in "Pictorial" and "Commercial Photography" for eight years at Weber State University. It was a way to communicate his love of photography as an art and influence many students to give it the same respect and orientation he possesses.
Over forty years of graphic design and photographic experience has given Bob a strong understanding of artistic value and a refinement of his natural sense of design - a serious advantage that is evident in his art. Many observers have described his work as "painterly", which Bob takes as a real compliment.
When talking to Bob, it is obvious he has a passion for his work. He describes the process of capturing a successful artistic photograph as being "...a euphoric adrenaline rush". Bob truly wants to share his love of photographic art in a way that will enhance the lives of others.