Robin was born in Burlington, Ontario and growing up in a rural setting gave her an early appreciation for God’s creation and the beauty of the changing seasons. Encouraged by her parents and art teachers to pursue drawing and painting in various mediums, she could always be found with a pencil and paper in hand. Her love of watercolour began with an adult education class in wet and wet technique with Ontario artist Kai-Liis McInnis in the the early 1980’s. A busy career as a lab technologist/Pastor’s wife and a young family to raise kept painting to a casual hobby for many years.
A move to Grande Cache, Alberta allowed her to join a local art club and to show and sell work regularly in their active group. Painting weekly now she developed a definite style of loose, calligraphic, moody yet colourful landscapes. A further move west brought her to the coast of BC and it’s varied landscapes and moods. At the encouragement of fellow artist Peach Myers, a small guild of amateur painters calling themselves the Easel Weasels formed. Meeting for semi-annual workshops with various artists has given added depth and versatility to Robin’s paintings and subject material. She loves to paint outdoors as well as from her own photo materials. Robin now works in various mixed media and has done portraits and wildlife as well as abstract. Her works have won several art competitions held locally and received Honorable mention in the Regional Juried Show in Kitimat. Published and awarded Honourable Mention in the National magazine The Mennonite Herald She Joined the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2018 and achieved Active Status in 2019. In 2020 she received the first ever "Outstanding Artist of the Year Award" from The Prince Rupert Community Arts Council. With the support of local businesses Cow Bay Café, Cowpaccinos, McLean and Rudderham, Highliner Inn, Performing Arts Centre , Terrace Art gallery and now the Ice House Gallery she has sold her works to places from west Virginia, Mexico City to Hong Kong.
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