Now a resident of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains Robyn has worked in clay and paint for over forty years. Her ceramics and paintings are held in collections both in Australia and overseas.
Before returning to formal studies and devoting herself full time to her painting Robyn previously trained and worked as a potter for over twenty years. During this time fellow potter Jan Green and Robyn ran a vibrant production workshop ‘South Creek Pottery’ as well as a co-operative gallery ‘Claythings’ for sixteen years on the NSW northern beaches.
Since then, Robyn has completed and advanced diploma of art at Meadowbank TAFE snd a BA Fine Art through Curtin University.
Together with her husband Terry, and true to their belief in the creative life, over the last fifteen years they have transformed Nolan on Lovel Gallery in Katoomba ,an old semi-industrial site into a delightful, welcoming studio gallery, home, garden and workshop spaces.
Robyn’s love of texture and the material qualities of substance, whether it be in clay or paint, as well as the inspiration of a lifetime spent by the sea or in the bush is usually expressed on large canvases with a tactile, gestural, sculptural hand.
Preferring not to be confined to the studio, she takes her canvases and papers outside, into the outback, the bush, by the sea or into the resident chook’s pen to start a series of works.
Robyn finds the energy required to authenticate her experience in earth and riverbeds, close to the source of clay, or sands. Robyn then returns to the studio building up layers with paint, collage, burning, mixed media and red desert sand acknowledging the memory of ancient geological forces, until she is satisfied with the final image.