Growing up in Ohio, Robin began drawing at an early age. His first art teacher, Louis Penfield, was a great mentor who encouraged Robin to sketch and paint from life. They created artwork and also constructed a studio adjacent to his home, which had been built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether painting still life compositions or collecting material for natural sculptures, Robin was developing an awareness of the elegance of everyday objects, people and places.
In 2006 Robin joined the daily painters’ movement after reading about Duane Keiser and Julian Merrow Smith. Motivated to enhance the quality of his paintings, and finding inspiration from the dedicated artists he met online, his artwork vastly improved as a result of this exposure and practice. Painting full-time now, primarily in oils, Robin hopes to continue to grow as an artist, both in technical skill and artistic interpretation. He currently paints and teaches at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, alongside printmaker and art instructor, Leigh Knowles Metteer.
Robin has attended numerous courses and workshops by outstanding artists such as Darrell Anderson, Jim Lamb and Ned Mueller. In addition to Cole Gallery, his paintings are represented by Alki Arts Gallery in Seattle, and Carrie Goller Gallery in Poulsbo. He has sold hundreds of paintings from his website; his work is in both private and corporate collections worldwide.
As a full-time artist, working mostly in plein air, I appreciate the incredible beauty that surrounds us. I strive to reflect that beauty on canvas, utilizing light and color to create a scene that captures the eye and draws a person in to experience the atmosphere of the place.