Calendar Month: November 2017
Underwriter: Sultry Interlude
About the Artist: Robin Lee Makowski
Chicago native, Robin Lee Makowski, was ten years old before she realized that not everyone saw the world the way she did. She could draw well by the time she was four, but it was not until into her teens that she became passionate about the natural gifts she inherited from her father and her maternal grandfather, both artists.
Robin focuses on nature for her subjects, and is inspired by anything “with dramatic light and lots of color.” She works exclusively from her own original concepts and her subjects range from wildlife to her collection of native plants, from her creative still lifes to figure studies and portraiture. Her current series, Happy Hour, is a “spirited celebration of our cocktail culture” and an endless source of subject matter.
Additionally, she has taught workshops on drawing, colored pencil, and her specialty – watercolor – most recently, watercolor on Aquabord. She’s lectured on artists’ issues such as marketing, framing and Giclée printing – sharing her vast experience and knowledge with many artists. Robin currently works as Art Studio & Exhibitions Coordinator at the Elliott Museum in Stuart, FL. She is also on the board of the Florida Watercolor Society, serving as Digital Director, in charge of taking in artists’ submissions for the Annual and Online Shows.
Robin has received many honors for her artistic merit. She was chosen as one of six other artists as part of the Arts Council of Martin County’s Masters & Mentors Exhibition in December, 2015. Her work has been featured posters for several prominent art festivals, and she has received countless awards in juried shows and art festivals. Robin’s award-winning work is shown in Florida at the Elliott Museum and at Elite Salon & Gallery in Hobe Sound. Her work is also represented at venues in New Mexico and Texas.