Bob Ripley
Original Sporting Art


Biography
Bob Ripley is a native of upstate New York,
born and raised in Elmira. He is an
honors graduate of the School of Visual
and Performing Arts at Syracuse University
where he majored in Advertising Design. After graduation, he spent the next
thirty-six years as an art director at three different New
York advertising agencies. His work has won numerous
regional and national awards.


During his busy advertising career, Bob never lost his life-long interest in
drawing and watercolor painting, and continued to hone his skills during his
free time. He was and still is inspired by the masters of the medium,
especially John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Now that he's a
full-time artist, Bob is able to fully pursue his love of painting in his home
studio.


Bob is an avid outdoorsman and spends many hours fly fishing, canoeing, hiking
and cross-country skiing. The Adirondack Mountains and
the American West are among his favorite haunts and often the inspiration for
his compositions. Today, Bob and his wife Cheryl reside in the country outside
of Skaneateles, New York,
where they share space with the local flora and fauna.


Artist's Statement
I've been intrigued by wildlife and natural forms my entire life. As a boy, I
drew inspiration from the pages of Outdoor Life and Field &
Stream magazines. With the illustrations of Bob Kuhn and Francis Golden as
a benchmark, I painted opaque watercolors on white cardboard shirt boxes. As I
matured, better paper and better paints made me appreciate the transparent
beauty of the medium.


The call of the wild still resonates strongly in my art. Being an avid
outdoorsman enables me to observe nature, collect photographic reference and
make field notes for my paintings. I've always been drawn to water and the
creatures that inhabit the earth's lifeblood. . .ducks, loons and especially
fish. I especially enjoy rendering minute detail in watercolor because it
allows me to experience the essence of my subjects, to get "into their skin",
so to speak. I come away from every painting I make with a better understanding
of each creature and its environment. My ultimate goal as a wildlife artist is
to capture a wild moment in the beauty of our fragile, natural world.


Contact Information:
Name: Bob Ripley
Name of Business: Original Sporting Art
Phone: 315-673-3572
Email: bcrip@windstream.net
Website: bobripley.com