Bob Worthy

Artist Statement:
Making art is a spiritual and intuitive experience for me. It is an experience involving both acceptance and acquiescence. It becomes a matter of trusting and letting go. Trusting myself to be the best artist I can be and then allowing myself to be that artist. The act of creation, while problem solving by nature, is also an act of faith and intuition. My best art happens when I surrender myself to the creative process and let the art make itself. Working intuitively, I use found papers as the base element of my artwork. Often transfers are incorporated and then I use gesso or paint to mask and define images. Recently a layer of elastomeric compound has been included for added texture. Currently I am completing my pieces with layers of cold wax and oil paint. My newest work was inspired by trips to Atlantic Beach, NC and Virginia Beach, VA and observing the effects of early morning light on sand, water and sky.

Bob Worthy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University where he has been an adjunct professor since 1999. Mr. Worthy was recognized at the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Arts Awards in 2000, as an individual artist, for outstanding achievements and contributions to the cultural life of the greater Fredericksburg region. He also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Virginia Governor's Awards for the Arts during the same year. Worthy was juror for "Square City" at the PonShop Gallery and has been a guest curator for the Louisa Art Center. He currently serves as Assistant Curator for the Frederick Gallery at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. His award winning artwork can be found in collections in North and South America as well as Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK.