Check out our artist interview!


 

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!

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.