Bob Phinney is a Montana native. He was born in Lewistown and grew up in Helena. He received
his B.A. from Montana State University with
studies at the University of Washington.
Following a move to the city, he served an apprenticeship in the sign trade in Seattle,
worked briefly as a journeyman, and then established Freehand Signs in the late seventies.
During this time he and his wife Deanna
raised two impressive kids.
Twenty years in the sign trade throughout the Seattle area led eventually to The PugetSound Art League, another (unofficial) apprenticeship in drawing and painting, and ultimately into teaching art. In Seattle Bob taught at Pratt Fine Arts Institute and the Frye Art Museum. Bob later returned to Montana, teaching drawing and design
at the University of Montana and Missoula Public Schools' Lifelong Learning Center. Bob teaches privately and has teamed up with Seattle artist Catherine Gill to conduct plein air workshops annually. Contact Bob for workshop info.
Along with his painting buddy Darrell Anderson, Bob has publisheda book on his process of sketching and working outdoors entitled "The Simple Sketch." It is available at Fact and Fiction Bookstore in Missoula and at the University of Montana Bookstore.
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