Artist in Residence: Robin Cheers

Robin Cheers is an artist working in the impressionist tradition with a contemporary style focused on representing the figure and every day life. A consummate observer, Robin’s oil paintings celebrate the overlooked or ordinary scenes of modern life. Whether working on site from direct observation or with sketches and photos, Robin’s use of open brushwork and layering textures create light paintings full of color and life.

Robin earned her B.A. from Virginia Tech and worked in graphic arts and web design for a decade. Serious fine art study under mentors like Elizabeth Locke, Ken Auster and Kim English set her on the path to success when she became a full-time fine artist in 2000. Robin is an active member of her local art community and hosts figure painting sessions, online and local classes and is a founding member of Plein Air Austin. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and artist member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and the Austin Visual Arts Association.

Selected Exhibitions
2018 — American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase
2017 — American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase
2016 — Oil Painters of America National Salon
2015 — Holiday Treasures Salon, Debra Huse Gallery
2015 — American Impressionist Society National Juried Show
2015 — 3×3 – Three Women, Three Visions, Russell Collection Fine Art
2014 — American Impressionist Society National Juried Show
2013 – “Slice of Life” – Gardner Colby Galleries
2012 — Solo Show “Vignettes”, Tidewater Gallery
2011 — Best of Texas Group Show, Russell Collection Fine Art
2011 — Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2011 — OPA Western Region Juried Show
2011 — Texas’ Best Group Show, Wisby Smith Gallery
2010 — Three-person show, Studio 47
2010 — Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2009 — Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 113th Annual Juried Show, NYC
2009 — American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Show
2009 — Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2008 — Small Works North America, Greenwich Workshop Gallery

Gallery Representation
Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
Edward Montgomery Fine Art, Carmel By The Sea, CA
Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, TX
V|C Gallery, Round Rock, TX

American Impressionist Society
American Women Artists
Oil Painters of America
Plein Air Austin
Austin Visual Arts Association

Artist Statement:

My paintings are an exploration and appreciation of the simple beauty of every day life and they capture the human spirit on canvas.

By working in the alla prima method, I keep my first response to a scene intact, spontaneous and unlabored. Immediacy is important. Not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me it is the most instinctive way to paint. Through direct observation, I combine spontaneous brushwork, abstract shapes, and solid technical composition to create an illusion of depth and mood.

Each painting is like a page from my diary – a shared memory of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met. Images that reflect my love of life and people, creating connection and encouraging us all to reflect on who we are on this shared journey.

Robin Cheers, AIS
Contemporary Impressionist
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