Debra Bretton Robinson,
artist statement

I am primarily an acrylics painter. I begin most pieces with a colored pencil sketch and use it for inspiration, close to my canvas or work space . Usually my subject matter is an under appreciated cityscape or landscape. I notice them everywhere.I like thinking in flat, graphic shapes . If a painting gets too flat even for me, I use patterning that I borrow from my collaging days. But mostly I am intrigued with composition and color juxtaposition. I enjoy making my colors “hum” when they are placed next to each other. I feel this color harmony gives my paintings a contemporary edge even though the subject matter is still, in my mind, representational and the architecture is a window into the past..
  • Joined: December 2007


On the Boat

For the past few years my husband and I have been boating on nearby rivers, lakes and now the ocean in his 15’ Glastron from 1973. He loves to fish….I love to paint. Its a match made in heaven :) So anyway, I paint right on the boat. It isn’t always easy! The waves and any little movement or shift can be detrimental to the painting, but so far it has served me well. I will…
Posted about 5 years – Leave a comment

Help! Stolen Art!

Today is a sad day. I put up a fairly large show yesterday afternoon- 18 acrylic paintings, 8-9 collages for Lowell Open Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts. This morning when I went in I found out, to my dismay, that two of the collages were just GONE. Hmm, were they misplaced? No. Thorough searching revealed this not to be the case. It was a locked residence, never happened before. I was to…
Posted about 10 years – 4 comments

acrylic painting vs. watercolor painting vs. collage

Does anyone ever work in a variety of different media? (Separately, I mean; apart from other media not in the same piece.) I have always worked in collage, watercolors and acrylic paintings, partly because I like all three, partly because I learn from each one and can translate it into another. It also energizes me into working in new ways. Right now I have four new acrylic paintings of peppe…
Posted about 10 years – 4 comments

Last summer on Monhegan Island

I realized today that I never graced Red Bubble with what I wrote about my trip to Monhegan Island in Maine, USA from last year. I was remembering the views and decided to include it, so here it is. A friend of mine and I decided to go there because its so incredibly fabulous to paint everywhere you turn. The first day was spent traveling two hours (maybe 3?) by car and then an hour by boat. …
Posted over 10 years – Leave a comment
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