The Endangered, Can Art Save Them?
An International Art Exhibition
(November 7 through January 8, 2021)
Robin grew up in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California with a paintbrush in hand. As the child of an artist, she was inspired to paint the world around her; many a tree frog, butterfly, and newt posed as reluctant subjects. When her family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robin turned to the desert landscape for inspiration. She fell in love with acrylics as a medium as she captured juniper savannas and Rocky Mountain vistas on canvas, panel, scrap wood, cardboard, and whatever else she could experiment with. Now working as a wildlife biologist in field positions around the American West, Robin combines her passion for the natural world with her love of painting.
I find landscape and still life studies everywhere I work, from the Oregon coast range to the New Mexican boot heel. I aim to imbue my art with the fluidity of color and shape that I find in nature, taking inspiration from natural patterns and light. I am fascinated by the ecology of different environments; my scientific background informs my composition and style.
I work primarily in acrylic. I find this medium evolves with my painting process; I can experiment with light, shape, or color as I'm working on a piece and mistakes often lend inspiration for a new direction.
The more I paint the natural world, the more drawn I am to depicting vanishing species and landscapes. I feel it is vital to get these images out in the world and continue to start conversations about endangered species, conservation, and how we as a species might approach the creatures we share our world with more empathetically.
United States of America