Painter searches for inspiration

Bob Finley

Bob Finley is seen with a picture of a sailboat, the inspiration which drives his search for more information about the vessel. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

A retired engineer from Goldsby, Oklahoma photographed an abandon sailboat at a local shipyard. The image has since been featured in several art institutions in Oklahoma.

Bob Finley said he would like to know the history of the Ensueno sailboat that has gotten so much attention. He said he was exploring the piers in Port Isabel to find older shrimp boats, but was drawn to the sailboat because of its condition.

“It looked as though it was envious of the neighboring shrimp boats,” Finley said.

Photography is a former business venture for Finley having owned a studio for 15 years – before the digital age. Finley said he picked up a digital camera in 2005 and embraced the abilities of digital images.

The raw image of the sailboat was touched up using Adobe Photoshop; Finley said it is a skill he has honed for the past three years. He said he has taken five courses teaching the imaging software; he is usually the oldest student at 73 years old.

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