Bob Diercksmeier is a Phoenix, Arizona native and a 1988 graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (BFA Illustration). He started his career
as a freelance illustrator (, art director and fine art landscape painter. He started his own graphic design company RJD Creative ( in 2001, while still painting the landscape in his free time. In 2015 he recommitted to his fine art efforts, focusing on contemporary representational landscape paintings and drawings ( In 2018 Bob expanded his subject matter to include a more abstract representation of the landscape, including different interpretations of various types of cacti ( In 2020 he began a series of pieces that were a notable departure from his landscape-oriented work. This series of topical, politically-oriented works grew into the exhibition Lest We Forget (