Size: 12"W x 16"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
This elderly lady in Rome did not want her picture taken! I've taken artistic license and removed the scowl from her face! She wanted to watch us but did not want us watching her! This is an acrylic painting on textured gessoboard. The texture lends itself to the rustic old building.
Virginia artist Robyn Ryan celebrates life through art; the making of it, the appreciation of it, and the sharing of it. She feels expressing through art, one's perception of and reaction to the world we live in and the creatures we share it with, a worthwhile pursuit. Robyn is inspired by living things; their mystery, complexity, shapes, movement, energy, personality, environment, and relationships with each other. She often captures her subjects in "candid" moments and "glimpses" frozen in time for the viewer to ponder. Even when working with representational subjects Robyn enjoys conveying the idea, impression, or "essence" the subject represents to her vs. solely representing the subject. Known for her animal and nature related subject matter, particularly horses, Robyn's work has evolved from realistic water media (watercolor and acrylic) paintings and drawings to more adventurous exploration of techniques and methods to convey her intentions including mixed media and sculpture. Robyn’s artwork is characterized by her use of color, texture, and most recently by physical dimensionality. Robyn creates her art in a variety of water and mixed media as well as sculpture. Exploration and incorporation of new techniques and materials continue to enlarge her artistic vocabulary. She is drawn to the tactile aspects of her media; the flow of the pigment and water, the building of physical textures, and creating three dimensional pieces. She considers it a privilege to have the ability, inclination, and opportunity to create beautiful and engaging artwork, to explore the expression of her ideas related to those things which inspire her, and to share them with others.