Bobby Goldsmith was born in Marietta, Oklahoma 1968. Being raised in southern plains ofOklahoma, surrounded by those in his family that inspired his creative spirit. Drawing has always been the basis of his creativity, especially the design aspects of building such as carpentry and cabinetry. It was not until later in his life he realized his potential as an artist.After years as a carpenter and cabinet maker, began to explore the different aspects of drawing.He began to explore different mediums but came back what he knows best and that was graphite it was then he started experimenting with his style and technique. With his knowledge of different types of surfaces began drawing on primed panels. His process is somewhat unconventional by approaching his drawings like you would a traditional painting,using brushes and water mixed with graphite and pencils, also the use of razor blades, erasers, and fiberglass brushes to his drawings the textural surface that you see. With no formal training as an artist, he is strictly self taught honing his skills as an artist pushing the boundaries of traditional drawing techniques, not being afraid to step outside the box. Also keeping in mind the traditional methods of drawing.
2013 Excellence in Drawing Ocean Springs Fall Show 2014 Excellence in Drawing Singing River Spring Show 2014 Best of Show Orange Beach Ala. Festival Of Arts 2014 Best Of Show Fair Hope Fall Festival Of Arts 2015 2nd place art in The Pass Spring Show 2016 Best of Show Orange Beach Ala. Festival of Arts 2016 Award of Distinction Gulfshores Ala. Shrimp Festival 2016 Award of Distinction Anna Maria Island ,Winterfest 2017 Award of Distinction Fairhope, Ala. Art Festival 2017 Best Of Show Art in The Pass , Pass Christian, ms 2017 Award of Merit , Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival 2017 Honorable Mention , Deland Fall Festival of Arts 2017 Best Of Show Chastain Park , Atlanta Ga
It is what lies beneath the waters surface, a brewing storm, or the movement of shifting dunes is what is so mysterious about the natural landscape. My work as an artist is to offer an invitation to the viewer to catch a glimpse of what I am feeling and seeing at that time. Throughout my adventures to these places I am drawn to its vast expanse, you can almost feel its beating heart under your feet. So capturing this feeling can sometimes be very challenging. So I set traveling to these places searching for inspiration, taking photographs and making quick sketches remembering as much as possible. Being mindful of my surroundings taking as many mental notes as possible and studying it with the intensity it deserves.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton