Today I have another fabulous Friday Feature, Bob Snider. I met Bob through our local watercolor society in Little Rock, Mid-Southern Watercolor Society. I was attracted to his loose watercolor style and enthusiasm for the arts. We are both part of the Local Colour Gallery in Little Rock, AR. He was instrumental in helping me make contacts quickly when I moved here. Bob's work is vibrant, energetic and beautiful.
To see more of his work visit his website.
|"Watercolor USA" original watercolor by Bob Snider|
How did you get your start? What’s your artist journey so far?
I was the kid in the back of the class drawing pictures of the Biology teacher. I actually had a chance to take art in high school I was “hooked” by all the approval from my teachers. And in college the A’s I got in art improved my GPA so that I was accepted into the MBA program. I was an investment banker for 30 years and didn’t pick up a brush until about 1995 when I took a beginner watermedia class at the Arkansas Arts Center. My instructor (Jackie Kaucher) encouraged me to join Mid Southern Watercolorists and enter the competition for their annual exhibition. My first entry into the MSW exhibition was not only accepted, it sold!
A few years later, the pastor of my church (Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock) asked me to head up an effort to “build a bridge” to the art world, which launched a ministry called Art By Faith (www.artbyfaith.org). So now I paint in either oil or watercolor almost every day and show my work at Gallery Central in Hot Springs and Local Colour in Little Rock and sell quite a bit off my website
|"Dark Racers" original watercolor by Bob Snider|
Where were you born? I was born the last of three sons to Roy and Ruby Snider in Smackover, Arkansas and except for six years on the staff of Senator John L McClellan in Washington DC, have lived in Arkansas…now Little Rock…all of my life.
If you could live anywhere where would you live? I could never live anywhere but Arkansas because of my friends, family and church…..but it sure is great to travel and see the rest of the world…like our trip to Italy last October.
|"Calvin" original oil by Bob Snider|
Could you talk about your painting techniques? I love to paint fast and loose with lots of colors. This technique works great for my race horse paintings in both watercolor and oils. But the shapes have to be right. The “fast and loose” approach is actually easier in watercolor because the colors flow together to create energy and excitement. And you can preserve white areas with masking fluid which is especially important for wet racetrack scenes. Masking fluid splattered with a tooth brush creates wonderful water splashes. The watercolorists also has the advantage of being able to work from a careful drawing. The oil painter has to be able to create the design on a toned canvas, which is far more difficult, but comes with practice. But I learned very quickly when I started painting in oil that the depth of the values and textures of the paints can achieve a result that art buyers appreciate. In other words, oils sell better.
|"My Bag" original watercolor by Bob Snider|
Do you have a favorite artist? Who has been your biggest inspiration? There is an artist in Dallas named John Cook that I met working on a biblically themed arts festival in that city. He is deeply talented, formally trained and an amazingly humble man. You should Google John Cook and check out his work. It is at once loose and impressionistic but has very precise shapes at the center of interest. That’s how I want to be able to paint.
|"Racehorses" original watercolor by Bob Snider|
What are five things you would like to happen in your life in the next five years? Dream big here:)
- Return to Italy and paint plein air in Rome.
- Have paintings worthy of gift giving at Christmas.
- Impact the lives of my children and grandchildren for eternity.
- Become the husband that my wife deserves.
- Paint for twenty more years, at least!
|"Kat in the Hat" original watercolor by Bob Snider|
What is the best advice that you have received as an artist? “Bob, if you compare your work to other artist, you will quit”. So I am learning to accept that this is where I am today, and am not in a hurry. Art is a journey, not a destination.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla…honestly.
Your dream vacation spot? Italy
Book or movie? Movies…because I am very visual
Favorite author? David
Favorite movie? Cool Hand Luke (and Young Frankenstein, and Dances With Wolves).
Favorite dessert? Coconut Pie (with real crust and real coconut!)
Night owl or morning person? Morning Person
And in Conclusion…thanks Carrie to investing your time in this service to other artist.