Known amongst his friends as the Saltwater Cowboy, Bob Graham is a Charleston-based artist and co-owner of Studio 151 Fine Arts (175 Church St.). For Graham, every person has a story to tell, and throughout his many travels, Graham is drawn to the faces he encounters. “It is the people of each place that make it special,” he says. “The ones you meet in line at the su- permarket, while you are having lunch or simply pass by on the street; they make a place and give it life.” Those are the lives that Graham aims to capture in his work. Graham’s extensive career
has earned him no less than 500 local and national awards, including the Mayor’s Purchase award at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in 2014 and 2016, and in 2015 he received the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit First Place award for his total body of work. In 2016 he also picked up the First Place award in the drawing category in the Piccolo Juried Art Exhibition at City Gallery.