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TOTAL Art Licensing
This industry is filled with diverse characters, each with a different story behind the art they produce. Here,
we continue our Origin of the Species series, choosing three individuals – Bobbie T., a wartime internment
camp survivor, Art Poulin, a gentlemen’s farm owner, and Ketra Oberlander, a blind stand-up comic who
has climbed Kilimanjaro – to demonstrate some of the individual stories behind art licensing...
The internment camp
of fun! Creating pictures in the sand, building a Scotland and Singapore.
dollhouse from old paper and wood boxes, and Some of her journeys are depicted in her paint-
survivor
dressing up critters with leaves, weeds and flow- ings. In 2007 Bobbie was selected as the official
BOBBIE T.
er petals to live in the house was a joy. Little did artist for the White House Easter Egg Roll. One
I know that someday I would be designing sculp- of her paintings shows her in a hot air balloon
Using just her imagination and meager play- tures and paintings with these same wonderful shaped like a bunny with her brushes in one
things, Bobbie T. created a world that would in- creatures in my adult years. As a child I made hand and suitcase in the other, on her way to
spire her later art. veggie people from the produce that my dear the White House.
Although she is a third generation American, father grew by the acres for mar-
Bobbie T. spent her early childhood in an in- ket, and today I design and paint
ternment camp for Japanese Americans during them in my artwork for Christmas,
World War II. Because their belongings were left Halloween, Thanksgiving and other
behind in California, Bobbie was challenged to occasions.”
create her playthings out of whatever materials The love of art has been a part
she could find. It turned out to be of Bobbie’s life
a blessing because the experience
“Little did I know that someday
since child-
helped Bobbie to develop her
I would be designing sculptures
hood. Tagging
vivid imagination.
and paintings with these same
along with
“Being a natural “daydreamer” as
wonderful creatures...”
her mother
a child, visualizing dolls and play- to art classes
things was easy, and then finding nurtured and
the raw materials to create them out of sticks, inspired her passion for design,
leaves, paper and even mud was endless hours painting and teaching. Bobbie first
formal classes began in
1960 with a local fine
artist. Since then she has
studied with many artists
and continually self-stud-
ies to learn more about
her passion.
Most weekends, Bobbie
travels to teach others
about her unique style of
artwork. She has taught
seminars across the
United States, Japan, Aus-
tralia, Canada, England,
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