I'M Robin johnstone

Early in my career, I was a fine art photographer and photographer for national magazines including Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine.  During this time I won several significant awards for my work (e.g. New York Art Directors show, Dallas Art Directors show).  I was then living in the South, and photographing civil rights demonstrations formed a large portion of my assignments.

 Although I enjoyed the pace and excitement of magazine photography, fine art photography finally won out; I got my MFA in photography and printmaking and was recruited by the Atlanta College of Art to be Chairman of their department of photography, where I taught for six years.    

 Although I was passionate about fine art photography and teaching, deep spiritual interests also competed for my attention, and I decided to step away from photography and teaching to turn my focus to meditation and introspection.  I sold or gave away my cameras and darkroom equipment and moved into an ashram, where I stayed for six years as I contemplated where and how I wanted to live.    

 Fast forward over several exciting and productive careers to now, where I’m finally able to return to making art again – this time as a painter.  No longer restricted by the rigid frame of the camera and by what’s in front of the lens, I now get to make it all up as I go along! Instead of the restrictive 35mm or 2 ¼ x 2 ¼  or 4x5 camera formats and lenses, I get to choose from an infinite selection of canvases, papers, colors, brushes, paints… and I can just play.   

 So what you’ll continue to see from me is the result of many years of experience making and teaching art combined with a new spirit of playful indulgence.  My inspiration and role models are the 1950’s abstract expressionists; I look to them for their spirit of exploration, and the courageous way they took chances and created works that no one had seen before.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with  The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.

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