“Enjoy the moments and the nice little things in life.”
We met Robbin at the 2004 Stationery Show and knew immediately that we wanted to pursue a working relationship. Her designs were fun, fresh, and different. She was exactly what Crown Point needed and we were excited about adding her artwork to our line.
Over the years Robbin has shown us that she works fast and can deliver exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to the newest styles. We trust Robbin’s judgment because she studies the market and always gives us her version of the hottest trends, making her designs very popular with our customers. We’ve approached her several times with special projects and she’s been willing to dialogue about revisions until we are both happy with the finished product.
Robbin is warm and friendly, fun to work with and always happy to help. We are happy that she is a part of the CPG family!
Robbin Rawlings is an inspired artist who owes her whimsical and upbeat style of painting to the world around her. She was born in the Southeast where the warmth of both the people and her surroundings nurtured her artistic talent.
She studied painting at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL then earned a degree in Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in Florida for more than a decade before returning to her first love - painting - where her sophisticated use of color and whimsical style is fully expressed.
Robbin now lives with her husband and daughter in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains overlooking Boulder, Colorado. She works from her home studio - a place she calls "the glass box on the hill". There she has a full view of incredible mountain beauty, her garden, her quizzical cat and the wildlife that visit her daily.
It is this enchanting and ever-changing environment that inspires her upbeat and exuberant style of painting that she gratefully shares with the world.
Interview with Robbin Rawlings
What made you want to become an artist?
My mom was always getting me involved in artistic projects when I was growing up. I really love to express myself through art.
How would you describe your art to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
My art has been labeled ‘whimsical’ by many. I like to think of it as ‘funky-joyful-expressionism.’ It’s also very human. There are lots of hand-drawn details that combine to express emotions.
What has been the biggest influence on your design work?
The world that I live in, basically. I look to nature for inspiration.
What is your personal motto?
Find the beauty and joy in every moment!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since becoming an artist?
Keep growing and changing. There’s a ton of great artists out there! I want to exploit my own uniqueness to set myself and my art apart.
What inspires you? Where do you get inspiration for new concepts?
Mostly from nature. Then I’ll try to combine artistic elements that excite me with concepts that might work for upcoming projects. Also, I’m often inspired by companies that approach me for new art. They’ll start with concepts or ideas and I’ll just run with them!
What is your favorite work of art (done by you)?
I did a painting of a grouping of houses. I think it expresses community and ‘neighborhood-ness.’ I’m pretty proud of that one.
What is your creative workspace like?
Well, I have a studio in my home, but I don’t restrict myself to it. I like to move around! I’ll work outside in the yard, inside on the couch, really anywhere that feels good at the moment. My studio has the usual stuff: drawing tables, easels, computer, storage, and of course, the latest art project mess!
If you could spend a day with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
I’d love to take a hike in the desert with Georgia O’Keeffe!
What art projects are you currently working on and how are they different from past projects?
We’re expanding into more and more product categories. I’m also doing more patterns and stuff for things like fabric designs and home furnishings.
What statement do you hope to make with your art?
Enjoy the moments and the nice little things in life.
What do you feel makes your designs unique?
The hand-made feel, with all the fun details, squiggly lines and paint spatters. I really hope it’s expressing something that makes a connection with people.
What stands out to you as one of your favorite professional highlights so far?
Seeing my art in people’s homes gives me real satisfaction!
What is your favorite part of your job as an artist?
Making connections with people that ‘get me.’ Some folks are so nice!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The non-art side! Turns out, you can’t just make art-you have get out there and promote it!
Do you have a website to showcase your designs?
Yes I do: www.robbinrawlings.com
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to get my art more recognized in more mediums. I want to be known for my own artistic vision and style.
Can you describe your professional experience with Crown Point Graphics?
We go back a long way! CPG is the first company I did greeting cards with. They have been so very helpful over the years!
They have given me great advice, whether it benefited them or not. They’re like family!