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Style and technique are important to an artist. Artist Robin Crouch has dedicated many years to developing her technique, and her style has emerged in that process. An artist’s style is as unique as their heartbeat, and yet it can also be dependent on the medium that they use. Robin’s style flows through each of her pieces, from charcoal, and pastel, to watercolor and oil.

Like many artists, Robin’s love for art began when she was a child. “I invented acrylic with glue and a basic watercolor paint set”.  She has been creating art as far back as she can remember. Her pictures were displayed often by the local school district.  As a child she was given some professional art supplies by her sisters who continue to support her in her professional career as an artist.

Robin knew she wanted to pursue art. Her parents however, were concerned that she wouldn’t generate enough income as an artist and so they encouraged her to pursue a more traditional career path. She began an education in Architecture, and later transferred to the Industrial Design Department at Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California, where she received a full scholarship, and graduated with honors.

After working in the field of design doing projects for international companies such as Mercedes Benz, Banco Union (Panama), AirCal, SAS, ARCO, DBS Bank (Hong Kong), Bi-Lo Grocery Chain and Computerland, she made the decision to put her design career on the shelf and raise a young family of 3. During that period she created and taught an art program for 460 students and then ran another program for a school of 700 students, teaching K-5th grades.  However, Robin realized one day that she had, “an ache in her heart” because she was not executing her own art. Life had made demands on her and she knew she had to get back to art, to balance her life. She vowed that she would declare herself an Artist and have a gallery show. She is indeed an Artist and fulfilled her goal with an extensive list of shows in her resume. She now is creating wonderful art that is being appreciated by a large audience.

Her training in design gives her a unique ability to understand form and space. Having someone look “into” a painting is something she wants to encourage. Structures are often a part of Robins work. “I carry a sketchbook with me at all times, and am inspired by slices of life.” Studio work often is composed using symbology, which is also linked to slices of her life. Her love of realism is the foundation to all of her work.

She has sold her work through galleries, and even more broadly on the internet.

When she is not in her studio, she can be found walking, gardening, photographing the city, and meeting friends for coffee.

 

Organizations:

California Art Club

Pasadena Society of Artists

National Watercolor Society

Art Center College of Design Alumni

National Charity League

Shows:

2006 – Habit Forming at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2007 – Pigment at Koop Studio, Sierra Madre, CA

2007 – 82nd Annual Pasadena Society of Artists, The Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA                                                                                    
Award of Merit – Pasadena’s Bridge
Honorary Mention – Treasures (charcoal)

2007 – Views of the San Gabriel Valley I, California Arts Club, Pasadena, CA

2008 – Views of the San Gabriel Valley II, California Arts Club, Pasadena, CA

2008 – 83rd Annual Pasadena Society of Artists, Brand Library, Glendale, CA
Carmella Award – Orange in Brooklyn

2008 – Rialto Visions Collectors Viewing, Pasadena, CA

2009 – 84th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists, The Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

2009 – ASC “The Art of Giving and Receiving”, ASC Exhibition, Pasadena, CA
Award of Merit – In the Shadow of an Oak

2009 – Summer Art Show and Auction – Newberry Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010 – Symbolic Still Life – Newberry Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010 – Delicate & Dazzling – Segil Fine Art, Monrovia, CA

2010 – ACE Exhibit, Pasadena Society of Artists, Silverlake, CA
Best of Show – Unadorned

2010 – 6×6” Exhibition – Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2011 – Spring Forward – Women’s City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

2011 – ArtWalk – MVCCC, Montrose, CA

2011 – Touch of Gold, Women’s City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

2011 – Small Wonders, Towns-Burr Gallery, Burbank, CA

2012 – RED, Women’s City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

2012 – Pasadena: It’s Aura, Women’s City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

2013 – Pasadena’s Landmarks, Pasadena Bar Association, Pasadena, CA

2013- Magnolia Park, Towns-Burr Gallery, Burbank, CA                            
Best of Show: VASE

2014 – Art in the Garden, La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA

2014 – Moved to Florida

2016 – Art for Heart, 341 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2016 – Art Basel Broward, Resetti Fine Art Gallery, Wilton Manors, FL

Articles and Links:

Viva Gallery

Art and Critique – Landscapes and the Simple Average

Art and Critique – Still Life

Art and Critique – The Structure of Trees

Tony Luna Creative

The Watercolor Gallery

The Watercolor Gallery – Artist Interview

 

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