bob havens


artist bio

Bob grew up with a fishing rod and a shotgun in his hands. He has fished a good portion of NJ streams and lakes for trout and largemouth bass. Since he was at the shore, his dad took him out fishing just about every weekend. They fished Raritan Bay, all the way from Staten Island, to Sandy Hook and, the Atlantic Ocean for various species of fish. He was always drawn to the fresh water streams and lakes because whenever he went he would find other adventures watching wildlife that came to the water to feed.

His love for the outdoors has always influenced the things he paints. During his forays afield he would always see barns and farmhouses that today are not there and many of which he often wondered how they were still standing. That is where his other passion comes from. The textures and colors found in old barn wood, sidings, and metal roofs that are rusted all inspire him paint. He feels as if he is preserving history.

He is usually drawn to a painting by the subject matter and colors. Certain colors evoke an emotional response from him and he tries to impart that emotion in his painting. He takes many shots of his subject, then works in his studio. Sometimes it is just a childhood memory that he tries to capture. Bob is a permanent exhibiting artist at the Wild Hare Gallery.