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Meet Robin Purcell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Purcell.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
From the time I was in kindergarten, they couldn’t get me away from the easel. Long winters in New England made me find ways to occupy myself. Coloring was a frequent activity. I remember liking the blank pages of coloring books the best so I could draw on my own.

In college, my practical side led me to study graphic design and work in graphic design. While also studying art history and visiting art museums frequently. Once I became a stay at home parent, I was able to study watercolor with William Ternes of Massachusetts and became focused on that one medium.

I moved to Northern California in 1995 and felt that painting outside was the logical thing to do. The Mediterranean climate and lovely rumpled landscapes became my subject. I am attracted to color, pattern and texture in the hills.

Please tell us about your art.
I paint plein air landscapes of California where I live.

Painting what I see frequently helps me to know my subject

And share what I love about it so others hopefully can feel what I feel about the beauty of open spaces.

Painting the coast of San Diego is my new subject and I am learning how to see it so I can paint it.

Current events effecting my new subject matter of the beaches of  san diego is the issue of rising oceans, hopefully beach erosion and ocean access won’t be drastically effected.
Most watercolor art supplies  I use are manufactured in spain, france  and england I stocked up on brushes from spain, and am ordering extra paper from england and looking at switching to Daniel Smith watercolor paints, made in Seattle

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think artists compete with many forms other of entertainment. Going online to share my paintings I often get captured by other peoples’ work. It is a double edged sword, I see so many more pieces of art than I would otherwise .It makes my very aware of painting in my own style when I have something new to say about a place.

For plein air painters, it is a bit more difficult to find places to pull off the side of the road to safely paint. More pull outs at scenic spots would help everyone to stop and see the beauty here.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My next exhibit will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art “Southern California Inspirations” with the National Watercolor Society opening in December 22 of 2018.

My paintings are on Facebook as RobinPurcellPaints.

And my studio in Carlsbad is open by appointment.

I’d love to have you like my page or come visit me at my studio. Or come to the reception at the OMA on December 22nd.

Contact Info:

Pacific Passage

Image Credit:
Photos by the artist Watercolor Paintings Robin Purcell

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