H. Sickler has
been a native of the beautiful Catskill Mountain region of New York State's Hudson Valley
for over 60 years. From about age five, he has never wanted to be anything else but an artist.
Bob was born in an era when Rock 'N Roll began and computers would never be thought of as
a tool for an artist. His earliest influence came from his grandparents who were both
landscape painters. Every art course in school, from elementary to college and beyond,
focused and sharpened his pursuit of quality and excellence. While still in high school, he began his
career with his first part-time employment in 1969 working as a graphic artist for an
advertising agency in his hometown of Kingston, New York. Some of the tools of the trade
were the six pictured at left. Other skills were also acquired with several positions as a
technical illustrator and draftsman.
Soon the computer would enter the
picture as the new tool for artists in the 1980's. Many artists resisted this change and
Bob was one of them. During this time he also started a parallel career as a
However, the computer and word processing software were the welcomed sword that slayed the
beast known as "Typewriter". As he began getting used to the computer, he
realized that his old graphic art tools would also eventually yield to the
new also. Graphic art
and design would never be the same with the exciting new possibilities of digital imaging
and layout. Bob's skill with things technical would allow teaching himself to build and
maintain his own high-powered computer systems.
In 1996, after many years of
working for others, Bob Sickler decided to form his own graphic design company of one and
work at home... A dream finally come true. His current client base has been developed
solely from satisfied referrals. Currently, he enjoys a wide variety of work from client
accounts local to the nationally famous. He specializes in corporate/product logos, full-color
advertising, and imaging for both offset press and the internet. In addition to his many
graphic achievements, Bob has authored, designed and self-published books on the
outdoor recreational hobby of metal detecting (his hobby for over 40 years). Additionally, he
has authored many magazine articles about metal detecting. His knowledge of digital color
management was recognized by an article request from Corel Magazine. He has also been
instrumental in helping the Microsoft and Corel corporations identify and improve several
When Bob is not creating artwork
indoors, he enjoys the outdoors hiking and exploring with his metal detector.
He also enjoys his hobby playing the guitars and amplifiers he builds
himself. Bob enjoys life with his
wife Barbara (a talented photographer), daughter Alison (an aspiring writer
and now English teacher) and
personal assistant "Missy". Missy can be seen below helping me keep my chin up!
Missy and I look a little older these days, but we are still joined at the
head and heart!