Robin Turner Artist Bio and Artist Statement
Robin Turner is an artist of many mediums, from photography to acrylic paintings to pencil and ink, or mixed media. She began drawing at age 7, turning things like greeting cards upside down and reproducing them, or just sketching anything that came to mind. In high school, she studied drawing intensively both in the art classroom and in the drafting classroom. She worked as a drafter for a short period during her senior year of high school. Subsequent to that, she was in the U.S. Navy for a few years, and then had a family. In the 90’s, she got her Associate’s degree in Mechanical Drafting, and worked as a drafter for a time. In 2015, she got her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and while working on that, studied art at UNC Asheville. She went to work in sales and marketing, and began to experiment with writing, as well as to dabble in many mediums. She even self-published a children’s book, but her focus was photography for a few years, and her favorite subject to study was water. Her most recent discovery of the joy of abstract and non-representational art has led to her latest body of work. Primarily acrylic on canvas, the work features bold, bright colors, plenty of texture, and movement. She seeks to explore and convey themes of psychology, positive thinking, and motivation in her work, which she shares on her “bringingspring” instagram account using the hashtag #brightenyourwalls. She has just recently begun showing and selling her work, and hopes to contribute a little brightness and positivity to the life of every viewer and collector.
I am a conduit for my brain-children. They live in my subconscious, where they are nurtured for a time before I birth them. In photography, it can take hours of shooting, and more hours of editing to get to the point where one photo makes me say, “Wow.” Most of my paintings are bright and cheerful, but some are a little more serious; catalysts for deeper contemplation. The joy of color, the freedom of expression, and the smells of acrylic paint and canvas keep me coming back to the studio whenever possible. Sometimes an idea is so strong that once a project or painting begins, there is no stopping until it is done, or I ask to be excused. The most rewarding moment I have had as an artist was when a fan told me, months after purchasing my art, that she enjoys having my art in her home every day. I have been asked what my favorite subject matter is, and that is a tough question because I love drawing, photographing or painting just about anything, but what I really love is beauty and joy. When something catches my attention, and fascinates me, I want to convey that. If I can transfer the emotion and splendor of a moment in time, or the shift in my consciousness when channeling colors onto a canvas, then I have done my job well. If I can brighten anyone’s day, and give that person, young or old, the gift of just one positive thought, one note of encouragement, or a stirring of motivation, then my brain-children will have fulfilled their purpose on this planet.