Black Barrel Designs fine art and murals

Born in Baltimore MD. Rob moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1974, and worked as a heavy equipment operator until 1978.

Craving a more glamorous career, he then began laboring in the fish packing industry of Wanchese, NC.

Around the turn of the decade, the fish packing industry no longer held it's allure, but the world of construction beckoned.

So Rob picked up a hammer, toolbag, airbrush and began a new career as a construction worker and part-time muralist, becoming self taught in fine art along the way.

After honing his skills for the next 10 years he made the shift of trade again.

While driving along the 158 By-Pass and seeing an, "End Construction" sign, he took the hint and began screen printing, painting murals and working in fine art full time. Rob is self taught comes from a tumultuous background and hopefully faces an uncertain future. He and his wife Debbie have traveled extensively in the Caribbean which has had an influence in his art.

His initial inspiration is derived from the sea and the endless rhythm of change that shapes us all.

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