Art & Culture

Challenges in Portrait Painting

Robin Wellner – Experimenting with colors and brushstrokes

Resume-shot-218x300Robin Wellner was born in Morristown, NJ in 1952. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and continued her art education with many other artists, including Robert Liberace, Dawn Whitelaw, and Richard Nelson. Robin now lives in Charlotte, NC, balancing her time between portrait/figurative work and plein air landscapes. Like most artists, Robin didn’t set that as her career path, but rather gradually come to the realization that an artist is who she is:

“I am an artist.  It’s taken me a long time to finally say that — 64 years to be exact. But I love to paint. People, landscapes, still-lifes, dogs, etc. I love the discovery of what happens with colors, light, brushstrokes…bottom line is it makes me happy. I’m hoping that some of my paintings will give you some joy as well.

I went to college in Fine Arts ages ago but did not pursue it as a career. Everything but — graphics, stained glass, silk screening, hand painted clothing,  faux finishing and murals. But in the last 8-10 years I’ve come back to painting. I’ve worked with a number of amazing teachers who taught and inspired me. I think it’s a never ending process — always something to learn.  And what a fun process it is!!!”

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