Biography: Bob Lawrence
Born in Lee County, N.C. 10/07/52.
He realized he had talent as early as the 1st grade always excelling in any art endeavor attempted. In his teen years he won ribbons in the local county fair for his plaster art pieces.
After high school graduation he attended Sandhills Community College for one year majoring in art. a year later he was drafted into the Army where he kept his art alive by creating cartoons.
In 1975 he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and graduated with an advertising degree two years later. After graduating he and his new bride, Jan, moved back to North Carolina and secured a job at an advertising agency in Raleigh. www.portraitsbyjan.com.
1978 accepted a position at Central Carolina Community college as a media specialist. He produced teaching aids for the faculty. Also during this ten year span he taught a variety of continuing education classes and held seminars on slide/tape production and art.
Custom Wood Signs is a side business Bob started while employed at the community college. For over 20 years he has designed, built, and installed numerous roughed wood signs in addition to custom furniture making.
In the mid 1980's Bob took a career change and an opportunity to invest in a hardware store partnership. He managed Mann's Hardware for 10 years until the store was resold.
Bob currently works in purchasing and management at Lee Builder Mart, by day, and creates his fish art in the evenings and on weekends.
Other shows he has participated in are the Sanford Pottery Festival, 2003 and the Sanford Downtown Autumn Fest, 2003.
Honors: Eagle Scout.
Has lived in Sanford now for 27 years, since relocating, with his wife and two children.
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