Born in 1956, Bob was raised in Memphis, Tennessee where he developed an interest
in art at an early age. Winning student art awards for his drawings, he later turned
his interest to photography where he took and developed his own pictures.
Working his way through college, Bob formed his own professional photography business.
He took wedding photos, engineering photos, documented evidence for attorneys, photographed
property for mortgage companies, drafted surveys, designed logos, and worked as an
insurance adjuster for six years while attending law school at night.
It was while Bob was working as an attorney in 1984 that he became inspired by the
enthusiasm of television artist Bill Alexander to return to art and take up oil painting.
He took several continuing adult education art courses at Memphis State University
(now University of Memphis) and found himself to be a fast study. With practice and
fine attention to the techniques of other painters he admired, Bob started to exhibit
his works at local galleries and won numerous awards for his pen and ink, gouache,
acrylic, alkyd and oil paintings at local and regional art contests in the Memphis
area, including the Coalition for Visual Arts and for many years at the Memphis and
Shelby County Mid-South Fair.
Working in acrylic, alkyd and oil, Bob began a life-long study of landscapes and
portraits. Other paintings were as varied as his many interests including ancient
American Indian artifacts and pottery as still lifes, aircraft, astronomy and paintings
of manned and unmanned spacecraft from the American and Russian space programs. Bob
received commissions and was represented by a gallery in Memphis.
In 1992 Bob relocated to Murrysville, Pennsylvania. He began competing and winning
recognition in local art shows. His work has been seen at many public forums including
the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley,the Westmoreland Museum
of American Art, The Elaine Biondi Gallery Space at the Monroeville Public Library,
Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center,
the Donohoe Center and the Murrysville Municipal Building. He has been the subject
of many articles in local newspapers and magazines including the Tribune Review,
The Valley News Dispatch, the Westmoreland County Bar Association’s Sidebar Magazine,
In Murrysville and In Monroeville Magazines and his artwork has appeared on the cover
of In Murrysville Magazine. He has been active teaching art and is often asked to
judge local art competitions. Bob is an active member of the East Suburban Artists
League (ESAL) and often exhibits his paintings and photographs in their shows. Bob
is also a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA).
The works of Howard Terpning, Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Cyrus Afsary and Wilson
Hurley (another attorney turned professional artist) are among Bob’s major influences.
Most of his work is now created in oil or alkyd on canvas or by digital photography
and includes rural and urban scenes of Western Pennsylvania as well as images from
his varied travels across other regions of America. Bob retired from the practice
of law in 2015* and today, assisted by his wife, Diane, Bob works and paints from
his home studio in Murrysville, exhibiting in local and regional art shows. Bob is
also available for commissions.
*Bob and his wife, Diane Landis Bickers, each practiced law for over 32 years and
were partners in the law firm of Bickers & Bickers in Murrysville, Pennsylvania for
much of that time before closing the office in 2015.