Growing up in the Chicago area, Bob began drawing & painting while in high school at Arlington Heights Illinois. He occupied his free time on weekends & summers by entering local & storefront art shows. This lead to studying Fine Art at the University of Illinois. He left Illinois after graduation in 1961 to start a job as an assistant art director at one of the largest ad agencies in New York City, McCann Erickson. At McCann he climbed the typical ladder of success & by 1977 he was Creative Director of the New York Office. There he created the hugely successful campaigns for Miller High Life and Miller Lite. In 1979 Bob and four others left McCann Erickson to set up a new agency, Backer & Spielvogel. Starting in a hotel suite, Backer & Spielvogel eventually took up 6 floors in the Chrysler Building. Eventually Bob picked up the paintbrush again. Showing, painting, printing and teaching, Bob has established himself as a widely respected representational artist in both CT and NY.