Hi Christina, what is your artistic background?
I am a self-taught artist currently living in Evansville, IN with my husband, son, pup and cat. I enjoy working in a variety of styles and mediums. My work includes: hard edge painting, expressive abstracts, and portrait painting as well as sculpture and textile work.
How do you evaluate your artistic journey at this point?
I currently see myself in a place where I can finally step back, look at my artistic path over the years, and feel a sense of accomplishment. Through many years of trial and error and sticking with creating over giving up, I have developed more confidence in myself. I often interpreted my desire to work in a variety of styles and mediums as not being a ‘serious artist’ but I now understand this as a necessary part of the process and am beginning to see patterns and similarities, connecting everything I have done leading me to my overall style today.
Have you always been interested in art?
I have had the urge to create since I was a child. Coming from a single parent home with a busy mother, I used art as a way to keep myself occupied. I have allowed myself much experimentation with various degrees and career paths, mainly focused on science and mental health, but it was in 2009 while living in Louisville, KY when I finally took part in some gallery shows and events. After that, I was hooked. I realized I had deep need to create in order to keep myself focused and grounded.
Why hard edge art?
I absolutely love hard edge painting and design. It has become a method of communication for me. I often struggle expressing myself verbally. Hard edge design is one thing I can say just might come naturally for me. The structure of each of my works often just appears in my head without too much planning. There is such an ease to it. I love matching the colors of my pieces with my current state of mind. Each chosen color resonates on an emotional level.
What advice would you like to share to other artists?
My advice is to keep creating no matter what. You will go through periods of feeling like you are a fraud or that what you are doing has no importance. It takes a while to begin to feel comfortable with your creative identity and even after that it’s still a continual process. Our identities are so tied up in our artwork, so it is easy to judge and be self-critical but all of those baby steps add up and you will start to see things evolve cohesively over time. You just really have to trust the process. Easier said than done!
What setting do you need in the studio?
Clean + well lit + coffee or tea + music or podcast.
Christina Robinson ★ Artist resume
I use color combinations and subtle expression to explore identity and the search for meaning.
Thanks for sharing, Christina.