Robert Potzger is a co-founder of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society (NFWS) in 1980, with Lila Wantz, Norma DeSantis Bill Gates, Virginia Sentz, and Joe Whalen. It has grown to 250 members from “all over the United States and Canada” with a focused mission: “Our primary purpose continues to be the advancement of the stature of transparent watercolor as a major medium through education and fostering the appreciation and interest of both artists and the viewing public.”
Through his business Techart, founded in 1971, Potzger had a decades-long history of being an architectural illustrator/architectural renderer whose drawings and watercolors are used by builders and developers to gain approval for their proposals for zoning, financing, and other applications. Among his most favorite clients was Buffalo architect Robert Traynham Coles for his proposal for the Lindbergh Center MARTA rapid transit Station in Atlanta, Georgia—which had a successful outcome. Among Potzger’s reported architectural renderings are “projects throughout New York State, New England and Florida, … a Rochester-area shopping mall, a parachute drying tower at the Niagara Falls air base, Sheridan Meadows office park in Amherst, Maple Ridge Shopping Centre in Amherst, a cemetery storage building, Rich Products Corp.’s headquarters in Buffalo, the Tops Friendly Markets store, and the Servotronics Inc. building in Elma.