Altman 2016Robin grew up in Laguna Beach. Her uncommonly vivid watercolors have evolved over her 35-year art career. She attended Principia College with the assistance of an art scholarship from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Fine Art. Her professor at Principia was James Green. He was a noted “California Regionalist” in the 30’s and 40’s who studied with the renowned watercolorists; Rex Brandt, Millard Sheets and Milford Zornes from the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles. Robin is a descendant of this bold and colorful school of art.

Robin has exhibited her work in several prominent galleries in Laguna Beach including The Esther Wells Gallery, The Ruth Mayer Gallery and Gallery 224. She has exhibited her work in all three summer festivals in Laguna as well. Her work is in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world including the California State Capital. She has illustrated books and her work has adorned wine labels from Napa Valley and greeting cards for “Leanin’ Tree” card company. Two of her local corporate clients include IBM and the Irvine Company. Robin licenses her work with “Hasbro” (makers of “Avatar” figures) who has recently made puzzles from two of her paintings. Currently Robin exhibits her work at the “Watercolor Gallery” in Laguna Beach located at 1492 South Coast Hwy. Robin is currently creating paintings to be used as icons in promoting causes she supports. She recently finished an original for “Rosalind Russell” the famous Laguna Beach “goat lady” who masterminded the “R Star Foundation”, a project that donates goats to women in Nepal. She has originated icons for a Buddhist philanthropy, S.A.R.A.H. a women’s interfaith organization and Transition Laguna a local sustainable living project. Robin is a writer for the Laguna Beach PATCH site commenting on the local art scene.

In 2009 Robin began a series of “Women” paintings that she calls her “She” series. The first of these is titled, “She is an Artist”. These paintings serve the cause of supporting women’s self esteem. The subject matter for Robin’s landscapes are most often from Laguna Beach, Hawaii, Italy and France. Her paintings express a special sense of fun and happiness that is often missing in a world that is ” too busy”. They illustrate her reverence for “the simple life” and are decidedly “upbeat” and idealistic. When someone looks at her paintings, they can’t help but smile.

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