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.