Born on Long Island, NY in 1932, Bob began painting at an early
age and attended Pratt Institute for a semester after high school.
He entered the United States Army in 1952 as an illustrator for the
6th Army training aides at Fort Ord, California and at the
headquarters of the Army Language School, Monterey,
Following discharge from the Army in 1954, he worked as an
apprentice for an architectural illustration firm for six months in
Los Angeles and left to freelance in architectural rendering, which
skill he continues to practice.
His public work, still extant, includes a fresco secco mural for
the Church of Religious Science, Las Vegas. He illustrated the book
"The Voice Celestial" by Dr. Ernest Holmes, Dodd-Mead, publisher,
in 1960. He worked as an illustrator for Bob Jones University for
10 years (1974-1984), continuing architectural work as
Bob began building the Scottish kilt commercially in 1976 and
began original and primary research into the evolution of the kilt
in 1980, both in the USA and in Scotland. He authored a column
The Kiltmaker's Corner for the Scottish
American newspaper. His book All About Your
Kilt grew from these articles and was first published in
1994 by Unicorn
Limited. A revised and expanded edition with black-and-white
photographic illustrations and a CD-ROM in color was published in
2001 by Scot Press.
He was elected a fellow of the Scottish Tartan Society
in 1983 and was elected to the Guild of Tartan Scholars
which is now incorporated into the
Scottish Tartan Authority in Scotland. He continues to
work as a consulting historian of the kilt., but retired as a
kiltmaker in 1998. Bob has five children, six grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren and now lives in Candler, NC with his
wife, Betty Carlson. He continues his painting in palette knife
oils, sumi-e and sumi-e with watercolor.