Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all happiness, peace and prosperity in 2011. ♥
I don’t want to mention the snow really, but I would like you to check this out – the most common snowflake shapes!
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Moving on… 😉
As some of you know, especially those who follow me on twitter and FB, that I am in the middle of a new painting of a Suffolk church in snow – as yet untitled. I used to do many buildings as commissions in the 1990’s, so its not a huge diversion of my recent treescapes and fieldscapes. The painting is still in progress and I will show you the stages in my next blog by which time it should be finished.
Aside from getting back at the easel, I have had a 2 week break over the Christmas period and it has been lovely. Of course I went down with a mother of a cold virus. Not a real surprise, I’d been feeling a bit run down. But lots of nice food, excellent company and a rest sorted me out!
On to the star of this post now ~ ROBIN MARIA PEDRERO ~ Robin is a fellow artist based in Florida. I love her work, and have bought a couple of stunning prints. As you know I will have my next major exhibition in June 2011 and Robin is sending over a selection of her prints to sell. I decided to interview her last month, so without further ado, I introduce you to the lovely Robin.
1. When did you start making art?
I began making art as a small child. I studied with professional artists beginning at the age of 13 and have continued to make art. I almost replied “never stopped making art” but that’s not true. I had a few months when I questioned the use of art, and why bother to make pretty “useless” things, how did that serve mankind? And more so God? I sought books, and dug deep to discover that although I might not have seen it at the moment, there would be a time when God would use me, as He used the artists like Bezalel the very first artist mentioned in the Bible, but most important was that I had to stay skilled so I would be ready when called upon. So that is what I have done. I find that my art makes a difference in people’s lives daily as I build and invest in the treasure I have been given. I am called to be an artist and have known it always.
2. Have there been any changes in your art-making over the years and could youdescribe them?
Yes there have been many changes. Early on I studied impressionism and the colorist style of Robert Brackman, working with oils moving towards realism. I began to create works in pastel out of necessity; washing my hands was easier than the prep and clean up required with oils while being a Mom with little kids. I developed an aptitude for the medium excelling to an elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. I have worked in fine art portraiture for over 20 years. As well as being drawn to faces, it’s a great bread and butter occupation. I moved to a new territory and had to remake myself so I focused on landscapes for several years and was often called the “skylady”, after all I moved from Connecticut to Florida to have a bigger piece of the sky. After several years of traditional landscapes I began to use more ambiguous color in my skyscapes for more emotive works of art. As my circle of art collectors and gallery representation grew I needed to reduce my overhead and explored working in anew medium that would not require framing nor as gentle handling to ship as the framed and matted pastels. Again necessity played a role in the change, yet deep inside there was this desire to be more spontaneous and acrylic is my conduitto achieve these goals. I struggled at first trying to treat it like oils, and then learned to go with the flow and now I am loving it!
3. What inspires you to make art?
I don’t wait for inspiration. I must create. I get right to work. I love it yet it is also my job. I am compelled to make art. What finds its way into my creations? Nature, relationships, and other objects of adoration. I desire to make art that expresses joy, peace, tranquillity, whimsy or mystery.
4. What is the best way you’ve found to raise your artist profile?
There’s a series of ways to gain recognition, an artist just needs to know what’s right for their art and their personality. One way is that I entered juried competitive shows and won ribbons, placing my art in the public eye inspected by critics, judges and curators. Gaining gallery representation, museum exhibits, and having work in private, corporate and museum collections is what I do and plan to continue to expand upon. Features on TV, art in movies, podcasts, and in magazine’s like the Florida International Magazine’s naming me to their Florida Artist Hall of Fame 2009, all raises an artists’ public profile. I believe it is acombination of all of these things whilst keeping quality, integrity and interest of your work in the forefront.
5. What advice would you give other artists to help them stay on their creative journey?
Being genuine is my best advice..yes there’s something to the reason you hear this all of the time. It doesn’t mean you can’t experiment, or grow or change what you are doing; try new techniques or mediums and make them your own. For me to stay creative I work every day. I might not be making art everyday but it is always something art related or part of my business. Sometimes you just need to show up, get the supplies out, and not try to make a masterpiece but just play, and the next thing you know you are caught in the flow of a visual journey.
6. What is your favourite piece of your OWN artwork that you’d like to share here and why?
My favourite changes frequently. There are pieces that are more dear due to content, struggle and success, or story. Today two of my children are travelling one by plane the other by car, both encountering delays and foul weather. So my thoughts are about them being safely guided home, so “Welcome Home”. I also like this piece as it was a struggle and close to failure at one point and sat on my wall waiting until one day when I decided it was time to let go of what I thought it was supposed to be and just played.
Welcome Home Chair with Birds and Flowers ©Robin Maria Pedrero
It certainly is a beautiful piece! You can find more of Robin’s art in the following places:
shop : www.RobinMariaPedrero.etsy.com
Thanks to Robin for her time and sharing.
That’s all for now folks 🙂