Ambassador of the Week: Robin Roberts

Meet Robin Roberts, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“Meandering Through Fall”
This one was done plein air at a working farm near me called Malabar Farm. It is a working farm that is also a state Park. It was left to the state by Louis Bromfield, an author. I’ve done several paintings at this estate.

Painting is my way to be with God and His creation. I want to soak it in, understand it as well as I can, and then capture the special beauty of life as light and shadow splash across the scene. I love being outside and interacting with others and of course, painting, which is why I really enjoy plein air painting. Nature never fails to reward and challenge me as an artist with its constantly changing colors, light, and atmosphere.

I see every painting as a journey of new opportunity and growth.

My wife and I are now empty nesters and grandparents, living in Ashland, Ohio.

“Buckeye Lake Boat Houses”
This painting is done from studies and photos taken at Buckeye Lake in Hebron, Ohio. This is where my dad was raised. He worked in these boat houses as a kid. I’ve heard a few good stories about them. They are gone now as they had to take them out to do shoreline repair in the lake.

Ashland University ~ Ashland, Ohio 1979 – 1983
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh ~ Pittsburgh, PA 1981 – 1982

Informal Education:
Daniel Marshall, Plein Air Watercolor Workshop ~ Columbus, OH – 2020
Joshua Been, Plein Air to Studio workshop ~ Worthington, OH – 2018
John Porter Lasater, Plein Air workshop ~ Worthington, OH – 2016
Lawrence Churski, Painting from Pictures workshop ~ Akron, OH – 2012

Recent Exhibitions and Events:
Bryn Du Art Show ~ Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, OH, March 2020
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ 2019 Annual Competition – Award of Excellence ~ Mariemont, OH, Sept. 2019
American Impressionist Society, National Show ~ Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY, Sept. – Oct. 2019
Paint Grand Traverse ~ Traverse City, MI, Aug. 2019
Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition ~ Canandaigua, NY, June 2019
Bryn Du Art Show ~ Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, OH, March 2019
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ 2018 Annual Competition ~ Mariemont, OH, Sept. 2018
Oil Painters of America, Salon Show ~ Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI, June – Aug. 2018
Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition ~ Canandaigua, NY, June 2018
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ 2017 Annual Competition – 2nd Place & Artists Choice Award ~ Bay Village, OH, Sept. 2017
Paint Dexter Plein Air Competition ~ Dexter, MI, Aug. 2017
Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition ~ Canandaigua, NY, June 2017
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ Best of the Ohio Plein Air Society Show, 3rd Place ~ Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, March – June 2017
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ Member Show, Parks en Plein Air ~ Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, Oct. 2016 – Feb. 2017
Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional ~ Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Sept-Oct. 2016
Ohio Plein Air Society ~ 2016 Annual Competition ~ Bay Village, OH, Sept. 2016

“Corn Shocks”
This one was done plein air in an Amish area around Danville, Ohio which is near where I live in Ashland, Ohio.

Plein Air Magazine article, Dec. 2017 issue, Handling the Competitive Side of Plein Air Events

Ohio Plein Air Society
Ohio Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society
American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America
Ashland County Artists League

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