Bob Osborne What makes a dolphin a dolphin, a pelican a pelican? Photographs can tell you much, of course. And some people can paint fish or birds so true to life they look like photographs.

But capturing the quirks and, yes, the personality of wild creatures is something only an artist of Bob Osborne's stature can do. In fact, Bob's stylistic paintings are so unique to the watercolor world of marine and wildlife art that his original paintings and prints are hung in private and institutional galleries around the world. Small wonder that critics and juries in show after show say his work may be without equal.

In way of background, for ten years Bob drew inspiration from his backyard and his neighbors - the turquoise waters off the Florida Keys, and the fish and sea birds that rub shoulders there. Result: amazingly distinctive watercolors that reflect the special Keys light, the exotic flora and fauna, and a master artist's hand that goes beyond mere replication.

Before moving to the Keys, Bob was a highly successful owner of a commercial photographic studio in his native Michigan. A graduate of the prestigious Center for Creative Studies, he and his wife Gretchen also took a five-year, five thousand-mile painting sabbatical in their sailboat Wild Wing, with ports of call in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and other Caribbean stop-offs.

If you'd like to share your love of the sea and the inhabitants surrounding it, contact Bob at his new source of creativity on Amelia Island: 1778 Mariner's Walk, Amelia Island, FL 32034 904.491.1297, email him at

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