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Cannon Falls, Minnesota
I have been in love with creating artwork since I was a tiny farm girl in Wisconsin. Through the years, I’ve created many portraits for customers, friends and family. Some of these pieces are posted on this website in the portfolio section.
I named my business RobinsBest to honor my father. Back in the day, he had named his appliance repair business Gordon’s Best. I am carrying on the family business in a very small way. Plus, I always try to put my very best into all of my art.
Much of my adult life has demanded that I work a regular 9-5 job to pay the bills. My time in corporate America has taught me much about self-discipline, ethics, business and technology. I absolutely love any opportunity to use my artistic side. These days, I’m just bursting with creative energy & inspiration. I’ve found that the passage of time has sharpened my eye and my focus.
Because I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, any pencil or pen is a welcome weapon of choice. I tend towards a more realistic style. You can see some of my more recent pencil drawings in this portfolio. I also have a second large portfolio of older drawings that you may enjoy – I call them vintage.
These days, my focus is on creating original paintings and drawings. I’ve been experimenting with acrylics. I love how vibrant they can be. I love learning new brush techniques, and color mixing tricks. I’ve also been tinkering with some new projects in ink/mixed-media.
In simplest terms, I create art because the Ultimate Artist wired me for it. I want to use my talent to bring beauty, inspiration and joy to people. When I am doing that, I feel in harmony with my purpose, and my art flows out of that place. I’ve lived through many tragedies and triumphs. I occasionally struggle with health issues. These things have left me with a keen regard for the preciousness and beauty of life.
I can still vividly recall a book that I read in second grade. It was about a little colony of mice that were preparing for winter. All summer they worked to gather food and build a safe, snug home for the coming winter. But, one little mouse preferred to daydream and enjoy the pretty colors of the summer days. He endured much of criticism from his mouse family for being such a slacker. At the end of winter, when the food was running low and the mouse family was cold and tired; the little slacker-mouse was able to tell them stories of the summer. He painted pictures of all of the beautiful colors that he’d collected in his heart. As a result, it warmed the rest of the family and gave them the resolve to survive until the spring.
Much of my life, I’ve been that practical stoic worker-bee; scrambling to scratch out an existence for myself and for my family. Today, I’m the dreamer-mouse. I want to share all of the colors and stories with my world to make the dark days a little brighter for those around me. And I want to celebrate the fabulous days too.
Paintings and drawings will be posted as they are completed. If you click the like button on my Facebook page below, you will get regular artwork updates and links to other interesting art that I find. Thank you for visiting.
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