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Bob Goudreau has worked at the University of New Hampshire for 41 years, employed soon after graduating from UNH in 1975 with a BS in Resource Economics. Bob is also a successful artist who developed a fascination for art at an early age from his Grandfather, a painter.
Scratchboard is Bob’s preferred medium, an illustrative art technique which involves sharp knives and tools for engraving into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with dark, often black India ink (Source: Wikipedia). Signals: IT News caught up with Bob at the Makers’ Expo in early December, an exhibition of arts and crafts designed and created by various artists who work at UNH.
Signals: What is your job here at UNH?
Bob: My job title is INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST IV but I generally say that I'm a computer programmer/analyst on the USNH Applications Team within Enterprise Technology Services.
Signals: How long have you been doing scratchboards?
Bob: I have been making scratchboard art pieces since the fall of 2001. I was introduced to scratchboard art through a non-credit class here at UNH. It was the first time scratchboard art was offered at UNH. I had never heard of scratchboard art but the class sounded interesting. Once I started working with this medium, I was hooked.
Signals: What inspired you to pursue scratchboard?
Bob: Scratchboard art is fun to do and the pieces were coming out nicely so I decided to stick with this art medium. Previously, I had created oil paintings on occasion.
Signals: What is your favorite subject to scratch?
Bob: This is hard to say because each subject has its plusses. I think perhaps working on an animal piece is probably the most fun. With the variations in fur textures and the ability to look the animal in the eye, there is an immediate connection.
Signals: Why art? Why do you do it? What does it provide for you?
Bob: My grandfather had various paintings he did around his home and they always fascinated me. On occasion, I'd asked how he did certain things like draw a lip. I guess I must have inherited a love for art from him. I find doing art is therapeutic in that you concentrate on just the subject matter and listen to some soft rock and all of a sudden hours fly by.
Signals: Where can folks learn more about your art?
Bob: The WEB contains lots of information about scratchboard art. There are also instructional YouTube videos on scratchboard art. I have a website: http://www.bobgoudreau.com which shows a number of my pieces that I've done over the years. I also am an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. If you want to see some fantastic scratchboard art, check out their website: http://www.scratchboardsociety.com/index.html