When you've been through a difficult situation, it changes you" said artist, Karyn Robinson. Robinson is a breast cancer survivor and although she says she rarely thinks about it these days, she can't deny it changed her as an artist.
"I see the world differently and I try to bring a sense of playfulness and optimism to my work."
A writer and television producer by profession, Robinson didn't discover painting until her cancer diagnosis. She found painting to be good therapy and the hours she spent with paint brush in hand rekindled her childhood passion for art.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Robinson grew up in the midwest. She and her husband, Jeff have made their home in Gilbert, Arizona for nearly 25 years.
When we moved to the southwest I was immediately taken with the beauty I saw all around me. Where some see only rocks and dirt, I see a sense of majesty. I love the sculptural shapes of the cacti and the way light and shadow play on their unusual forms.
In addition to her contemporary take on southwestern art, Robinson enjoys painting abstracts, unusual objects (check out her robot painting, 'A Boy and His Dog') and capturing people at play.
"Sometimes I feel that there is not enough time in the day to paint everything I want to paint. I'm so captivated by this wonderful, beautiful world. If I can just continue to paint and share my work with others I will be living the life I want to live."
"It's taken me nearly 50 years to figure out what I want to be when I grow up" said Robinson, "and I would never have discovered how happy painting makes me if it hadn't been for my experience with breast cancer. Talk about your silver linings."
Robinson is an award-winning member of the Scottsdale Artists' League and her painting, "Son of a Sailor" was recently featured on the cover of "Natural Awakenings" magazine.
Follow her blog at http://karynrobinsonfineart.blogspot.com/