Featured Artist Interview | Maureen Robbins

We are pleased to spotlight Maureen Robbons our November Featured Artist

The 540Gallery will showcase Maureen’s eclectic artwork Nov. 4-31, 2018

About Maureen Robbins

From collector to artist, Maureen Robbins has always had a certain flair.  She shared her artistic side with a love of interesting purses and jewelry during a long career in Marketing, along with a home filled with unusual artwork and collectibles from around the world.  So it was no surprise that, in retirement, she would take her artistry in a new direction.  A bejeweled old window, used as a message board in a B&B was her first inspiration for turning everyday items into bejeweled pieces of artwork …. planters, vases, windows, picture frames.  From those early stages, her artwork has developed in multiple directions and her work has been shown in a Gallery in San Diego, CA, and has been featured for three years in the Spring Show of the Erie Art Museum.  Today, you’ll find pieces in galleries and art shops across Upstate New York.

When did you start your career as an artist?

MR: The year I retired from the corporate world, 2012, is when I began creating what I call my “bling artwork” for my own pleasure. With many friends’ encouragement, I sought a gallery to show my work. Once I sold my first piece in 2013, I felt comfortable calling myself an artist! Silly how I needed that confirmation at the time.

Where did you get the inspiration for your work?

MR: Very often I see something that appeals to me, and I can envision re-purposing it into a piece of artwork using paint, jewelry, glass, beads and all sorts of baubles. From a child’s rocking horse to a vase, a sculpture, floor light or yard art.

What makes you want to be an artist?

MR: Making anyone who views a piece of my art feel good. My life is made happier by making other folks happy.

For you how does art relate to wellness?

MR: I believe that art and creativity are good for your brain in stimulating the senses relating to motor skills and visual imagery. Just as I nourish my physical self, I nourish my mental capacity and (hopefully) intelligence.

How do you stay healthy as a creative?

MR: When starting a new project, I am very anxious to work until completion with not many breaks, including sleep sometimes! I genuinely practice patience in my creative process, and this is very calming for my state of mind.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

MR: Time and financial management of being an artist are most challenging.
When you aren’t painting/drawing/photographing what are you doing?

MR: When not working on an art project, I love to cook, work in my gardens, and Sudoku puzzles are now taking over my reading time!

What is it that inspires you to keep going as professional artist?

MR: My family and friends’ encouragement and love of my pieces keep me going.

What are you working on now?

MR: I’m making a 6’ tall sculpture for my “Diva” collection. I’m focusing on the color of blue for hair, eyes, lips, dress and jewelry.

What’s has been your best experience so far as an artist?

MR: Of many great experiences, being chosen to exhibit in the Erie, PA, Art Museum three years in a row has given me the most overwhelming feeling of success in my artistic development.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

MR: My biggest challenge has been overcoming the feeling of inferiority comparing myself to others with art education and many years of experience. I started this career late in my life and have been doing this for only 5 years! This is something I continue to work on, but my art style is unusual and not to everyone’s liking.

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing as career in art?

MR: My advice is that if your heart is sincerely into becoming an artist, leap into it with an open mind. Do what you want and like, and what will make you happy. “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?

MR:To anyone reading this, thank you for taking the time! Thank you for coming to my show.


Attend Maureen’s opening reception

Sunday Nov. 4th // 4pm-6pm //540WMain

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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