We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I’ve let them know through my actions that you don’t have to only be one thing in this life. Before kids, I was in Banking Marketing. Then we had children and I became an at-home mom. When both my disabled child and over-achiever child became self-sufficient, I began on the path I’m on now. I remember looking around at my life at that time thinking, “I guess that’s it…I’m done with that job, I don’t get anything else.” So, I really thought, what do I want to be when I grow up? And the answer was that I had always wanted to be an artist but lacked the courage to go for it.
After that realization, I began creating art every day, because it dawned on me, if you want to be an artist-you have to actually create art. Wishing won’t make a masterpiece. The feedback I received from those works propelled me toward starting RobinRobinsonArtist LLC. Today, I have my art in several galleries, have won awards for my pieces, am the Artist in Residence for a local business, and have even had a solo art exhibit. I think what I’ve given to my kids is to realize you truly can be anything you want to be in life, as long as you’re willing to practice and occasionally fail and get back up again and keep going.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In my art, I lean toward abstract expressionism and abstract style art. I am a self-taught artist, so what you’ll see in my art isn’t going to be formulaic or structured, but lively and evocative. As I continue on this path, I am developing a personal style that collectors find distinctive. Tending lately toward natural themes of trees and flowers, I find a lot of common ground between the nature of wilderness and the nature of humans. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is persistence in creation.
While making art, there are often times when what is on the canvas at the moment looks nothing like the vision for the end product. This can be a really discouraging time. Sometimes I would tell myself I was incapable of creating what the vision called for. What I do know when that feeling is overwhelming, is to put the painting in a “time out”. The painting that just won’t behave gets put in the corner for a time (sometimes up to a year) until I’m ready to get past that middle phase and continue to completion. Taking a break from a piece with a time out allows me to get a different mental perspective to move forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The High Museum, Fox Theatre and Amore e Amore would all be on my list for fun in Atlanta. We would also have to take time to see Krog Street Tunnel, because who doesn’t love graffiti art?
Most of my adventures would be south of Atlanta. We would have to swing by Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA to check out their eclectic mix of paintings. The owner is super friendly and makes visitors, even those of us who don’t know everything about art, feel comfortable and welcome. I’d also be sure to go to Gocha’s Breakfast Bar because their chicken and waffles are the best in the state.
Making time to ride the golf cart paths in Peachtree City would be on the list. There are miles and miles of paths, and you can find treasures along the way like hidden art, secluded playgrounds and awesome views of sunsets. Taking the time for a side trip to Senoia would make my list. The town itself is so charming and I love to shop at antique stores. On this side trip, I’d be sure to stop into the Curious Kitchen to grab a meal. They’re right off the main drag in town and the food and ambiance are so good. I would continue with my southern voyage by hitting Printshop Gallery in Greenville, GA and then to Callaway Gardens.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first break in the art business was with William Craig Salon in Hapeville. As a self-taught artist, I wasn’t aware of what the process was for getting my art out in front of the public. It’s definitely a learning curve. The inspiration I got from having paintings sell quickly, prompted me to create even more. Today, I add fresh art to the display in Hapeville regularly and have had several commission opportunities arise from WC. My Shoutout goes to Kaitlyn Fair and Bubba Herrick at William Craig Salon for taking a risk on me.