What began as youthful doodling and a love for the artistic lines and curves found in the automobiles and hot rods of the 60s blossomed into a lifelong hobby for artist David Roby. Originally from Louisville, KY, David came to eastern TN nearly 40 years ago and made his home in Oak Ridge. He lists his love for the mountains, the people and the climate as the primary reasons he’s remained an area resident for most of his adult life.
Having met most of his graduation requirements by his senior year in high school, David loaded up on art classes at Stewart High School in Valley Station, a suburb of Louisville. That’s all the formal training he’s had. But you won’t know it from the disciplined detail and vibrant colors found in his work.
After retiring from a career in mechanical engineering and building automation, David’s channeled his energy and creativity into watercolor art, specializing in detailed cityscapes and landscapes. His inspiration comes from his fondness for old buildings and his working life’s subjects. He also enjoys nature and scenic photography and uses his original photographs as subjects for his watercolor creations.
In his spare time, David enjoys wood carving; creating Christmas ornaments, knick knacks and an occasional “Spirit Man” hiking stick.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is pleased to offer David’s work for purchase. Stop by the center or visit our E- Store at Appalachianarts.net to select a Roby original for yourself or as a unique gift for a friend or family member.