Robert C Paulson Jr (Bob)
… I am Bob (Robert C Paulson, Jr) and I’m happy that we now have a chance to “meet.”
… I am always "driven" to create and "obsessed" with finding the RIGHT exotic wild-salvaged wood for my sculptures.
… I love creating rustic to refined wild wood art that immediately elicits a “WOW” from viewers.
… My exotic art emerges from salvaged trees (snags, blowdowns, driftwood, plus fire and storm damaged trees). As a sculptor I seek one-of-a-kind raw-wood pieces with rich color, and dramatic, irresistible shapes.
… Because I have so many wood pieces in my shop and outside shed in varying stages of development and curing (with some hanging from the ceiling), my shop is unbelievably crowded but with some ingenuity it works. To create and give life to my sculptures I use everything from chainsaws and electric power tools to tiny hand tools and chisels.
… I have lived in the Pacific Northwest of the United States since the 1970s, now in Oregon City, Oregon. But I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and have lived in six U.S. states, and in Ghana West Africa during my Peace Corps service.
… For over 75 years I have loved exploring nature and wild places. That love eventually drew me to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology, then a master’s in educational media, which built on my love of photography and art.
… I began creating wood art in the 1970s and selling unique hiking sticks, canes, containers, and sculptures in 1991. I’m sure my creativity has been augmented by my varied employment history. I have been a farm worker, taxidermist, bird researcher, bio-medical and freelance photographer, biology teacher, dog trainer, computer salesperson, college department head, local politician, and business consultant. But my primary interest has always been exploring the beauty, peace, solitude and challenges of nature and wild places, something my wife and I share passionately.
… My motto: “Protect the environment as though your life depends on it!”