Bob Moody grew up in Boaz, Alabama, where his parents were schoolteachers, and he spent summers in Moody, Alabama, a small town which his great-grandparents founded in the early 1800’s. After graduating from Auburn University’s School of Architecture with a B.A. in Interior Design, he worked as a commercial artist for Chance Vaught Aircraft and R.G. Letourneau in Texas.
In 1959, when NASA was created, Moody joined the Von Braun space program in Future Projects. Moody’s group created graphics to present to Congress in the early 1960’s for Apollo I’s trip to the moon. His work for NASA as head of future projects in the commercial art department was published in such major publications as Time, Life, and Paris Match.
He left NASA to start the interior design department at what was then the largest architectural firm in the Southeast, Charles H. McCauley & Associates, Inc. But by 1972, he had established his own interior design firm where he developed and/or renovated over forty historic buildings in the Birmingham area alone, with many featured in the Birmingham Historical Society publication, Cinderella Stories.
Many of his design projects were published and he was awarded a prestigious “Southeast Designer of the year 1998” for a corporate project by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. He’s received numerous design awards including a Silver Medal/Auburn University, annual historic preservation awards 1986-1999 from the Birmingham Historical Society, and an IIDA 1999 Merit Award.
His design work has been been published in Contract Magazine and Design South Magazine, featured in Birmingham Magazine for his work revitalizing the Five Points South area of Birmingham, in Southern Accents for his watercolors during a month-long trip to Italy, and in American Artist as a featured watercolor artist.
In 2002, Moody closed his office and self-published his first book entitled Gifts of Grace: Alabama Churches in Watercolor, followed by The Church Triumphant, English Churches in Watercolour, and Bob Moody’s Birmingham. His most recent book, Painting 30A in Watercolor, is a series of paintings of the seaside, largely completed during Covid 19 isolation.
Moody's watercolors are in many private and public collections and his interior renderings have been published in many local and national trade publications. He was particularly excited that his watercolor of Normandy was included in a juried American Watercolor Society exhibition in the Salmagundi Club of New York.
Moody was astonished and honored when he was asked to personally present the first copy of his book, The Church Triumphant, to Queen Elizabeth and The Archbishop of Canterbury, at the 50th celebration of the Historic Churches Preservation Trust at St. Bartholomew’s Church followed by a reception in 2003 at The Haberdashers Livery Hall.
Moody’s favorite time to paint is at dawn and he maintains a detached studio at his 100 year old stone ‘Scottish Revival’ home in Birmingham. He continues to paint, and considers himself fortunate that he awakens each day excited to see if today will be the day that he can achieve that ‘perfect’ watercolor.