Robin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest; she developed a deep love of the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and densely forested woodlands.
Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound in 1975. She studied Sociology and Art History, and in 1974 she participated in a semester-abroad program in Vienna, Austria. She immersed herself in the study of great works of art in the museums of Vienna. In the Albertina Art Museum Robin was particularly interested in the paintings of da Vinci, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Robert Delaunay, Malevich, and Magritte. The works of Picasso (esp. his 1912 Playing Cards), Leger (esp. his 1928 Two Profiles), and Kandinsky (esp. his 1929 Inner Alliance) had a very strong impact. The Kunsthistorisches (Art History) museum provided the opportunity to study the works of Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer, Caravaggio with his "cellar lighting" and the detailed work of Gustav Klimt.
Upon graduation from the University of Puget Sound, Robin was awarded the Faculty Merit Award for Jewelry Design in 1975, and her work was showcased via a one-person show. In 1975, she taught arts and crafts classes for the Mercer Island Parks Department, and during the summers of 1976 and 1977 she was the Head of Creative Arts program for camp Four Winds * Westward Ho; a private summer camp on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands. The Creative Arts program included such skills as book-binding, wood carving, weaving with both table and floor looms, tie-dying, block printing, silver-smithing, and a number of nature crafts. The program also included photography (including use of a dark room), writing short stories and poetry, and folk dancing. In 1980, she worked in Eugene, Oregon for a goldsmithing company completing all the finishing work on custom made Alaskan gold nugget wedding rings and other jewelry, including gold-plating, oxidizing, and polishing.
Over the course of her life, Robin has studied and learned how to play a number of musical instruments, including the piano, Scottish Highland bagpipes (was a member of the Eugene Highlanders Pipe and Drums band), Native American flute, violin/fiddle, and mandolin.
Robin completed a Ph.D. degree with a focus on statistics and research methodologies at the University of Oregon in 1993 and joined the faculty at Ohio University where she taught statistics for both undergraduate and graduate students for 20 years.
Albert Einstein believed that "every great scientist is also an artist." Robin has blended her unique intellect and a multitude of skills, talents, and interests. A strong theme in Robin's journey through life has been the art of creative thinking and the ability to see through unique lenses, to create "outside of the box" and to create by implementing different and ever-changing paradigms. Her artwork embraces the past, present and future; she expresses herself adopting a paradigm that blends her experiences of art, photography, music, mathematics, statistics, science, multimedia resources and materials, social commentary, electronics, computers, cameras, phones and other technology. The result is a new "movement" in art; a new "art form" characterized by what might be called assemblage art. Robin begins with radical and complete deconstruction of cameras, old phones, cell phones, smart phones, mp3 players, cameras, desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, computer monitors, keyboards, "mice" external hard drives, speakers, printers, anything electronic with circuit boards.
Her passion is to expose... bring forth, and help others to discover the absolute beauty and complexity of every-day technologies that we touch and use every day of our lives. Our phones, cameras, computers and laptops, tablets and iPads. Separate cameras are becoming obsolete; our phones now capture stunning images and video that we can share instantly on the "Internet of all things."
Her art depicts what is "hidden in plain sight" and much of it ends up in our dumps and landfill. We discard older cameras, older phones, our printers, our computers our Gameboys, our Nintendo Systems... Robin deconstructs and uses almost every part of objects discarded. Her art is beautiful, interesting, technological, and allows all to discover the intricacies and complexities of circuit boards and hard drives; many parts and pieces are 24-Karat gold plated, and stunning.
At the present time, Robin is a student of Terry MacDonald, well known for her use of acrylics and mixed-media; and Robin is experimenting with painting on black canvases. Robin is also exploring the art of mixing and blending acrylic paints under the tutelage of Dianna Shyne. Most recently, Robin's work has been deeply influenced by the infamous Paul Thorne and his work with metal, stunning colors and patina, and a truly extraordinary art form that he has developed through applied blacksmithing, metallurgy, and metal working skills..