Introducing an Artist who Inspires me – Series
I’m excited to introduce you all today an artist who has inspired me for quite some time. Her eye for color and design just are amazing and her style infectious!
I’m honored to introduce – Artist, Robin Mead
I have asked Robin to answer a few questions to help us all get to know her together and she graciously accepted. :). So grab your coffee because this is gonna be good!!!
Robin tell us a little bit about yourself – your background where you come from….
So I grew up on Long Island NY in Bayville which was right on the Long Island sound, across from Connecticut. It was just my Mom and I, and we lived on the beach in a summer bungalow. There were about 20 of these on our street and some of the people came just for the summer, but most of us lived there all year round. Each day I awoke to the waves, the beach and the sunrises and sunsets, along with the flower gardens that adorned each bungalow. This formed my earliest visions of color and beauty.
I began creating very early, and it was one of the fun things that I did with my Mother. An artist herself, she would draw little scenes for me and I’d color them in. On my own I would use pencil to do sketches of my favorite actors or mucisians. My first one was Peter Cetera from the band Chicago, and my second was Barry Gibb from the BeeGees. For years I created these portraits but never thought I was an artist because it didn’t come easy for me. It took me weeks to complete one and I had it in my mind that if I were an artist I could do a face sketch in a short time.
I was always crafty and wanting to make things, and I did very well In art class, but it would be years, when I was about twenty two..that I would draw portraits again. At that time I drew friends and family, only in pencil though.
After going to school for business, and eventually getting my masters in social work, I still had a desire to create, paint, and just make stuff..so after getting married and having my children I went back to school for art, that was in 2003, and I’ve been painting ever since.
Share with us 3 things you love about art…
What I love most about art is Color, Line and it’s therapeutic, meditative effects that it has. Color and line because it is my favorite way to express what I see, and therapeutically because when Im creating it takes me to a zone of complete focus, joy, and satisfaction.
For those of us that are starting or thinking about creating an art business could you share a bit about what you found the most challenging you when you first started…
I still find it challenging to do art as a business, mainly because of all that has to be done on the technical and business end takes a really long time. I still am working on my presence and have found many tutorials and wonderful mentors that can help. But really I just want to create stuff. I’m in the process of redoing my website and learning SEO.which is Search Engine Optimization. I started doing that in 2010 and gave up but now I am sticking to it with the help of my friend who is doing the same.
I asked Robin for to share her website and social media where we can all connect with her and find her gorgeous art…
My new website below is a work in progress http://www.robinmeaddesigns.com – Here you will be able to find my originals, prints, blog, tutorials, journals, crochet afghans, and my new found love, weaving. I also have classes, coloring books, and my new fabric line that will be out this fall, called Euphoria by P & B Textiles.
I am licensed by Dianoche Designs – you can find all of the products here https://www.dianochedesigns.com/shopbyartist/robin-mead – They have Leggings , Canvas Totes, Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains, and many more gorgeous high quality products.
Can you share with us a couple pieces of your art and a little bit about them….
Below are two of my newest pieces that I love.. I do have many but these are two that are current and they will be in the 2017 Handmade a Holiday Auction here: https://www.facebook.com/events/176537172920618/ I chose these two because I just love the colors in them and it represents myself trying some new techniques and styles, and exploring new ways to find joy in color
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you…
I drove a limousine in NYC on and off for many years, and a taxi too on Long Island, both in between jobs and as second jobs too. It was fun and exciting..and great tips. I definitely couldn’t do it now though. Lol
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers…
Stick with whatever you love to do. Don’t give up because it doesn’t go your way, or because you might not be financially supported by it. Make time to fit it in wherever you can, practice, practice practice, and always be looking for new ways to learn, grow and integrate it more into your daily life. You will never know the satisfaction of achieving it if you don’t continue pursuing it.
Thank you so very much Robin for taking the time to share with me and my readers a little more about you and your art. Although I have been a fan, admirer and follower for quite awhile you shared some really special things about yourself with all of us here and for that I’m truly honored!
Have an amazing day everyone!!
xoxo – Sherry