Bob Cobb

Bob Cobb

Gourd Artist

1414 Continental Drive, #605

Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423)265-5839, (423)309-6870

Bob was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and moved to Chattanooga in 1959. He stayed in Chattanooga for 10 years, then moved to other parts of the south, and then returned in 1975. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a pre-law major, and was president of the student body for two years.

Bob began painting, on and off, about 25 years ago. He raised three children, so found painting late at night, when the house was quiet, his only opportunity to be creative. However, he attended evening classes at college, while working a full time job, so there wasn’t much time to paint.

In 2004, Bob began working with gourds. He felt this 3-dimensional art form spoke to him so much more than traditional painting. A friend of Bob’s raised gourds on his farm. Therefore, he had an abundant supply of material to work with. Bob enjoys painting and carving the gourds, and finds his inspiration in nature. He affixes arrowheads, beads, feathers, and about anything he can find that will stick. The major part of his design work is utilizing wood burning and cutouts.

Bob has won numerous awards with his gourds. He became the treasurer for the Civic Arts League, in 2010, but has been a member for many years.