Although Robert Lagasse was educated as a Mechanical Engineer, he has always had a desire for creative endeavors using his hands. As a boy he spent many hours in his grandfather’s garage workshop making a variety of things from pieces of scrap wood. In addition to his engineering endeavors he studied architecture, designed commercial and residential buildings and created architectural renderings for those designs.
Bob has created a variety of birds and animals in wood, and the primary interest and the majority of these unique pieces are aquatic in nature, with a particular fascination for whales, dolphins, and sharks. He has learned much about his subjects through travel and water-related activities, including scuba diving. He has had experiences from the Caribbean to Hawaii and Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the East Coast studying his subjects in their natural habitat. Although Bob creates some of his work while away, most of his work is done at home.
Lectures using sample pieces have been given to interested groups including a gathering of interior decorators in our nation’s capital. Bob’s work has been on display in a number of locations from Hawaii to the East Coast, including the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Stobart Gallery-Boston, and the Maritime Gallery of Portsmouth, Hew Hampshire. For more than 20 years many of Bob’s pieces have been accepted in the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport where he has won an “Award of Excellence.” He has also received mutiple awards from wildlife expositions. Bob’s work is featured in the book, Bound for Blue Water, a difinitive collection of the best American Marine art of the 20th and early 21st centuries.