Although Bob 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. During his high school years he won several awards from the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild for designing and carving scale model automobiles. In addition to his engineering endeavors he studied architecture, designed commercial and residential buildings and created architectural renderings for those designs. He served industry as a Mechanical Designer, Industrial Engineer, Estimator, Marketing Manager and Systems Manager. Now retired, his last employment was the Managing Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum. He is also a retired Army Officer having completed 24 years of Reserve service.
Bob has created a variety of birds and animals in wood. 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 much water related activities including scuba diving. He has had experiences in the waters of the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as the East coast of the United States, studying many of his subjects in their natural habitat. Although he has created some of his work while away, most of his work is done in his home shop.
Lectures using sample pieces have been given to interested groups including a gathering of interior decorators in our nation’s capital and an interested group at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. His work has been on display in a number of locations from Hawaii to the East coast. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His biography was featured in the 2011 summer journal produced by the society. One of his pieces was included in the 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists where it toured eight museums around the United States over a two year period. His work has also been included in the 14th and 16th exhibitions of the society.
Over the years Bob’s pieces have been accepted for The International Marine Art Exhibition, a world-wide showing of nautical art at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He has received three Awards of Excellence and a Marine Environmental Wildlife Award at these exhibitions. Bob’s work is featured in the book, Bound for Blue Water, a definitive collection of the best American marine art of the 20th and early 21st centuries. His pieces can be found in collections around the world.
Bob is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City. He is represented by The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT and the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT.