Dr. Stanton Cobb, associate professor in restorative sciences
Cobb with an original of "Aqua Equus"
Photos courtesy Dr. Stanton Cobb
Artwork in gallery: two original oil paintings depicting scenes from the American west
Inspiration: “Most of my stuff is expressionistic and representational of American cowboys and sometimes American Indians. I like to paint big, so to have small paintings like here at the school is rare. … I started painting in the winters of the Texas Panhandle. My family and I had no television; it is very cold up there, so reading, writing and painting filled the time. I painted the stuff we did when it was warm … rounding up cows, riding horses, getting a drink from a windmill.”
How his artwork serves as an outlet: “Eric Liddell, an Olympic runner, is quoted — in the movie Chariots of Fire — as saying, ‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure.’ I would reword that and say,
‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me creative. And when I paint I feel his pleasure. When people buy it, my wife feels his pleasure because it gets it out of the house. Hahaha.’”
What you may not know about Cobb: His art isn’t limited to one form of media. “I can use them all; I like oil for the color but acrylic ‘cause I can go fast. If I’m not in a hurry I take a prepared canvas, paint with acrylic and then come back with oil. I will draw in crayon if someone’s buying it.”