Robin moved to Dallas in 1989 from Bangkok Thailand where she was an American
living abroad for 2 years. She owned and ran a factory producing beveled
glass panels. She had never lived in Dallas before, but her international
plane ticket ended here, and she had a friend to stay with for awhile, so
she just stayed. she lives in a very middle class neighborhood with a
landscaped yard, something she learned to cherish when she lived in Bangkok.
Her studio used to
be the sunroom, which makes it perfect to work in. Lots of windows, and
she has added skylights and track lights. She has gone against all the
artists' rules of creating a painting environment, and painted the room
a bright teal color - bringing inside the color of the swimming pool,
which she loves.
She spends about 60% of the year in Dallas, and the rest just outside of Santa Fe. She feels as
though she has two lives, two homes, two sets of friends. She keeps her cell
phone with her so that she can always be reached. The house in Santa Fe
isn't hers, it belongs to some friends who travel a lot. She takes care of
their home and animals. She stays in the main house, but there is also a
lovely guesthouse on the property. The change in environment influences
her paintings. They become more vibrant. It is a wonderful place to
paint, but she usually just wants to soak it up, and paint later. She feels as
though she might miss something important if she reduces the dramatic
landscape to paint on canvas.
She is a full time artist. She constantly examines the colors and shapes around her, she sees
brush strokes when she closes her eyes. Artwork has been her sole means of
support since January 1998, and she has never been happier. It's the best
job in the world.