Skip Rohde was an officer in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years. After retiring, he went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Rohde had previously studied art in a number of venues, including Memphis State University, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Gallerie Cujas in San Diego, and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Most of Rohde’s works are paintings, but he is also active in drawing and printmaking. His works in all three media have been critically acclaimed. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the eastern half of the country, and have won awards in national and regional competitions. He has had multiple solo exhibits in universities and art spaces in North Carolina, Indiana, and Tennessee.
Rohde spent 20 months (August 2008 – April 2010) in Baghdad, Iraq, working with the U.S. Embassy and the Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of reconstruction projects. He spent a year (October 2011 – October 2012) working again for the State Department, this time in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, helping to build Afghan capabilities. He has returned to his home and studio in the Asheville, NC, area. Currently, he is creating new artworks while also teaching classes and workshops. His wife says he can’t go to war zones anymore.