Bob began life in Philadelphia, PA. He attempted the violin in 4th grade and switched to the clarinet in 5th. Eventually, his family re-located to San Diego. That city wasn’t his ‘cup of tea’ and he moved up to Berkeley and resumed his studies. That’s where he bought his first Nikon and began darkroom work. Next stop was the Midwest for graduate school. Numerous trips to the Art Institute of Chicago revealed its grand Impressionism collection. While living in D.C., he frequented the Hirshorn and National Gallery. Eventually, after nine long years away from the West, he moved to Portland. It’s where he eventually shifted from B&W photography to concerted study of Chinese calligraphy with a wonderful artist Wang Gong Yi, or simply, “Gongyi,”and began classes at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. When time allowed, he made innumerable backpacking, climbing, cycling, hiking, and skiing trips across the West and numerous foreign lands. Trips to most of Europe (as well as North Africa and Asia) brought him in touch with the history of Western painting and Asian methods of organizing space.