There is truism to the term “starving artist.” Just ask Camdenton resident Bob AuBuchon.

There is truism to the term “starving artist.” Just ask Camdenton resident Bob AuBuchon.
As a child he would always draw pictures and hang them up all over his room. He grew to enjoy the artistic side of photography, took classes to expand his knowledge, and started going to art shows to sell his photography — even winning a few competitions for his work.
His brother, Ron, was a major influence, encouraging him to explore his artistic side, especially when it came to hand-thrown pottery.
In 1974 he attended junior college to study art but after two years dropped out to begin working at Ron’s pottery shop in Bonne Terre. When it became necessary to find a “real” job, he returned to college to finish his degree in Religious Studies. For the next 27 years he would be the pastor at four churches throughout Missouri. But art was always close to his heart and he never quit doing what he loved.
In 2012, after a time of life-changing events that included leaving the ministry full-time, he began experimenting in watercolor. Ron once again encouraged him to consider painting in abstracts.
“It wasn’t long before I discovered that working in abstracts would become my muse of art,” AuBuchon said. “It has now become an art of expression as well as a time of catharsis each time I enter my Garage Art Studio.”
His garage is a painters workshop — filled with easels, finished works and projects in the making.

How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as curiously discerning. I believe abstract painting is, first of all, curious. People look and wonder with curiosity what the painting is suppose to be. I like to tell my viewers that it takes a sense of discernment to see and enjoy abstracts. My continuing interest in abstract painting lies in its ability to inspire my own curiosity. I’ve been asked if I have a wild imagination to create abstracts. To that I say no … I just let my mind, hands and paint interacting with one another to create a work of art. Truly I can say that I create a one-of-a-kind piece of art as it cannot be duplicated.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you paint?
Inspiration comes in many shapes and sizes. I enjoy the study of other abstract artists, both past and present. I like to read their story if available. I watch and learn from YouTube online. I enjoy the many artists who are not afraid to share their style of painting online. I subscribe to art magazines and look on Pinterest. I have been inspired to paint after reading a passage of the Bible. I love looking to nature as means of inspiration — the color of the landscape, trees, fields, sky, clouds, sunsets, sunrises and on and on. I enjoy music as I paint as it paves the way to inspiration.   

Why do you enjoy painting?
For many reasons … the solace and comfort it gives me. I love the paint, the colors, the blending and the feel as I often use my hands to spread the paint. I enjoy that in abstracts nothing is off limits to be used as a tool and I use a variety of anything and everything. I love the total process of painting all the way to the final result.

What do you hope people learn from your art?
I want people to be engaged in their emotions and sensations when viewing my art. People buy abstracts because it has struck a note in them that plays in all their senses.

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You can often find AuBuchon at many Lake area art shows and not-so-local shows in St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield.
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