An Owner & Artist
Painting van murals in the garage of his parents’ home 40 years ago, Bobby Wiltshire began his lifelong love and passion for art. While continuing his artwork in 1976 at Kings Dominion Theme Park on the beautiful carousel, he was told that every male employee was advised by their superior to shave their faces. No more mustaches! A life-long mustache-wearing guy, Bobby decided it wasn’t worth it! It was then he was approached by Busch Gardens in Williamsburg to restore and repaint their carousel horses. Thus, Carousel Signs and Designs was born.
After the carousel project was completed, Carousel began producing redwood sandblasted monument signs for the housing and apartment communities in the Richmond area. Carousel was the first in the area to use redwood in their sign production. Since that time, Carousel has enlisted a variety of mediums for sign-making and the business has continued to create designs, letter vehicles (computer generated nowadays), and make signs for clients not only in the housing and apartment industry but for businesses up and down the East Coast.
Ultimately, it’s his love of art that drives our business. Bobby has never lost his zeal for creating art and making customers happy!
In the year 2000, Bobby’s daughter, Jamie, gave him a watercolor set with which he began to paint. He has taken classes through the Visual Arts Center with Shelly Bechtel Shepard and at Crossroads Art Center with Christopher Wynn. Empowered with his experience and skills, he has become a successful watercolor artist. His paintings realistically reflect the atmosphere a day presents, including representations of rural Virginia and his favorite place to visit, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
To see more of Bobby’s art, visit his website,www.bobbywiltshire.com. You can also see some of his artwork at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Bobby’s Website: http://www.bobbywiltshire.com/
Crossroads Art Center Website & Address: http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com/
2016 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond, VA 23230