Robyn is a watercolour artist and illustrator living in the Blue Mountains where daily she is inspired to paint mostly botanical and wildlife which may take over twelve months to complete from the actual living specimen with plants and nature. A flower in a vase can last only a day sometimes and so, she needs to get the preliminary sketch down quickly within in a day and often this means drawing many hours on that day before doing tonal work on this sketch later. This process may take several weeks. The actual painting in watercolour may take many months. Working under a magnifying glass to paint the fine detail gives her satisfaction for the final work.
Robyn studied art in high school at the advanced level and then went on to complete a full time course in the School of Fashion at East Sydney Technical college, which led her to teaching design and drafting skills in the making of garments in many technical colleges over a 25 year career. She always had a keen interest in becoming an artist but it is difficult to earn a living this way. It wasn’t until after raising a family that she had opportunity to learn watercolours in 2007 of which she is still broadening her knowledge all the time. Sometimes she works in pastels, colour pencil or graphite.
Robyn’s work has exhibited at the prestigious “Botanica” botanical art exhibit in Sydney in recent years and also the Margaret Flockton Award in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Also, last year five of her pieces exhibited in the 30th Anniversary Celebrations at Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. She am a member of the Australian Botanical Art Society and a member of Blackheath Art Society.