The Ballpoint Pen Artist
Robin was born and raised in Clayton, Delaware. She moved to Idaho in 1997 and has recently moved to Nampa, Idaho. She grew up helping her family as commercial fishermen and crabbers on Chesapeake Bay. She spent many days in the country riding ponies, bikes, and fishing in the neighbor’s ponds and creeks. Neighbors would see her riding her bike or pony to a local creek with a fishing pole over her shoulder, and watched her walk through the fields looking for grasshoppers or worms for bait.
Robin was president of the Smyrna High School Art Club for 2 years and has many awesome memories of her high school Art teacher, Mr. Shotzberger. With the exception of art classes in high school, Robin is self-taught without any formal art education.
Robin stepped away from artwork for many years, since re-focusing on her artwork; she had trouble finding a style or medium that she was comfortable with. She played with a few ideas; among them, acrylic and soft pastels. Then, she was lucky enough to enter a monthly contest online, where you could only use ballpoint pen for your medium.
That was it….. She was hooked. The ballpoint pen (or BIRO as it's called) is now her medium of choice and she absolutely loves what she can do with the layers and pressures of using a ballpoint pen. Although she’ll draw anything in BIRO, horses are her favorite subject. She’s also partial to almost all wild animals with her favorites being wolves, elk and deer.
Robin says, “What I would love more than anything else to accomplish with my artwork is to have people be drawn into my picture. It could be the tiniest of detail that grabs that person’s attention….. And you are mine…. If only for a second.”
Wallaroo's ~ 5804 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83704
Dancing Elephant Gallery, Baker City, Oregon;
The Black Bear Diner, Boise, Idaho;
The Buzz Cafe, Boise Idaho.
Wild Lotus Gallery, Boise, Idaho.
The Eagle Library, Eagle, Idaho (upcoming Aug 2018)
"The Barrel Racer" 3rd Place at the 2017 Wallowa Festival of the Arts
"Stampede Prayers" 2017 Best Theme and first place at the Western Idaho Fair.