February 3, 1931 – March 4, 2017
Bobbie was born in Cleveland, TN, and lived in Chattanooga all of for her adult life. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and sculpture from UTC in 1997, at the age of 67.
Her love of watching others draw, paint, and sculpt evolved into collaborating with the public on a grand scale with 10 x 25 foot canvases using acrylic house paint. Her prominent pieces have hung on the Walnut Street Bridge, UTC, and the bell tower of the Grace Episcopal Church. In past years, Bobbie has been artist-in-residence in numerous schools in Chattanooga and Georgia. Large collaborative pieces have been produced with students and the public’s participation. Sites include The Creative Discovery Museum, Miller Plaza, River Gallery Outdoor Festival, and the Catoosa County Library.
In order to encourage local artists, and to display their work, Bobbie founded the St. Catherine’s Artist Guild at Grace Episcopal Church. The Grace Episcopal Church is currently the meeting place of the Civic Arts League of which Bobbie was an active member and Co-chair-woman of the Membership Calling committee. She was also a member of the plein air group called “The Outdoor Girls.”
She continued to take classes each week with Morris Mitchell, former professor at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL. Under his direction, she had been painting shapes in brilliant colors acrylic paints. However, that changed on April 27, 2011, when a tornado displaced her to her daughter’s home for months. Her mediums were watercolor, tissue paper collage, and crayons. Most recently, she had utilized Sharpies on paper. Using what she had learned from doing the acrylic paintings, she infused into her drawings shapes that helped her deal with her upside down world. While living with her family she had worked continuously dealing with emotions from the storm. She has work at Goose Creek Studios in Bedford, Virginia, and at the Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga.
Bobbie’s current artwork!