I have made a living as an artist since 1980. My mission has always been to create the best artwork I can on a daily basis regardless of the time and effort it takes to get that done.
During this long art career I have always wanted to find a marriage between my passion for creating artwork and the study of Anthropology. One day the entire concept came to me in a flash. I saw the vision of the work I could create, from beginning to the end, in an instant. This site, 'The Study of Man' is the result of that vision.
My name is Robert Schott and I graduated from the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors). My main interest in Anthropology has always been with human evolution and the development of consciousness.
Because of my study and love of ancient cultural belief systems I became fascinated with Sacred Symbols and also the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi which finds beauty in the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the impermanence of things. It is the beauty of things modest and humble and the beauty of things unconventional.
It has been a great joy to create a series of sculptures inspired by the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic. These sculptures have been one of the best series of artworks I ever created.
It has also been my great joy to have created a series of hand made Talismans based on Sacred Symbols. I make them one at a time in my studio from earthenware and fire them in my own kiln.
The Vegvisir symbol above is one of my favorites. Also called 'The Wayfinder' it is from Iceland, a seafaring country. They would use it on their ships to help keep them safe through rough weather and to always guide them home. It is also a sacred symbol to help guide your heart and make the right choices in life.
I have created many types of artwork from paintings to sculpture, however, the majority of my work has centered on large Florida wading birds. Here is sample of my paintings.
I have been fortunate in my art career to have won many awards for artistic excellence and enjoyed success with hundreds of private individuals collecting my work and dozens of Corporations adding my art to their collections.
R.R. Simmons Construction, Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
Arthur Andersen & Company, First State Bank,
Nations Bank, Publix Super Market,
Jim Walter Corporation, Peoples Gas Systems,
HavaTampa, Inc., Arthur Rutenburg Homes,
Central Accounting and Tax, Seminole Electric Co-op,
FCCI Mutual Insurance, Fortune Federal Bank,
William R. Hough & Co., Lazy Day's RV Center,
Kane Furniture, U.S. Bank,
American Savings Bank, Bruce-Williams Homes,
Great Western Finance, Pick Kwik Food Stores,
Cox Lumber, AAA Automobile Club,
Crown & Co. C.P.A., Centerbanc,
Webb Builders, ABC Office Machines,
Baptie Studio, Hardwood Specialists,
JLM Industries, Inc., Pioneer Savings Bank,
Stevens Designer Homes, Frame Station & Gallery,
JMC Development Corporation, Bay Area Renal Stone Center,
The Huber Restorium, Novastar Gem,
Coastal Printing, Health Coalition, Inc.,
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Times Publishing Company,
Florida Aquarium, Great Bay Distributors, Inc.,
Bankers Insurance Group, Good Buy Sportwear, Inc.,
Sun Financial, Inc., Eva-Tone, Inc.,
Tampa Farm Service, Tangerine Development Co.,
M & N Cigar Manufacturing, Physicians Healthcare Plans,
St. Petersburg Kennel Club, Master Packaging, Inc.,
Sentry Alarm Systems, Bryan Alan Studio,
Thoroughbred Music, Inc., Sprint Staffing,
Hannah Bartoleita Homes, Butler Carpet Company,
Power Cerv Corporation, Gatsby Spas,
Southern Grocery, Westshore Glass,
ABC Fabrics of Tampa, Micro Mo Electronics,
Remelt Corporation, Zephyr Egg Comany,
Holly Hill Fruit Products, Compu-Link,
Southwestern Supplies, Creative Contractors,
Wilder Corporation, Sun Hydraulics,
Richard Properties, Gardner Asphalt,
Caspers Company, Precisionaire,
Oakly Groves, Golf Hosts,
Reilly Dairy & Food, Gulfwind Marine,
J.H. Williams Oil Company, Coastmarine,
TECO, The White House (D.C.),
Ben Hill Griffen, Inc., AmeriPath,
Peel, Schatzel & Wells, P.A., Kunkel, Miller & Hament,
Mutual Wholesale, Pepin Distributing,
Scott Paint, Shells,
Bama Sea Products, Sigma International,
Tampa Bay Fisheries, Shannon Hotel Group,
Fletcher Music Centers, Safety Equipment Company,
Wesco Turf, MTD Technologies,
Nu-Air Manufacturing, Vista Products,
Southern Apparel, Trident Shipworks,
Somerset Pharmaceuticals, Nestor Sales, Inc.,
Southeast Research Partner, Jesse Foods Company,
Hi Tech Electronic Sign Case Contracting,
Pacific Tomato Growers, Sykes Enterprises,
Ridge Pallets, Quality Petroleum,
Paradigm Communications, Alcoma Packing,
General Engines, Interior Design Services,
Aluminum Service, Inc., FKO Advertising,
H. Butler Footwear, Kimal Lumber,
Tampa Tank & Welding, Precision Panel Products,
Prime Marketing Group