Today we’d like to introduce you to Robyn Thayer.
Robyn, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Because art was a language I knew better than any spoken word, I consciously created from age four. Art making was a safe outlet for my intensity and it brought joy to myself and others. I gave everything away all those years, my true love is the engagement with creativity herself the recipient or occasion was the excuse to make more art. Forty years later, not much has changed in that equation except, in the past couple of decades, I have learned to care for, honor, and respect my creative mind, learning about its impulses and rhythms. Harnessing my creative power and unleashing it on marketing, on goals, and my particular medium is my daily work. Without formal art education, I use my college trained scientific brain to calculate and discover for myself the vast possibilities of a medium. I am secretly a rebel, this realization snuck up on me -I see rules or trends or styles and I immediately, unknowingly, conjure up the antithesis of what is being presented, thereby finding my distinct way with things.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ha, I’m belly laughing! It’s an arduous sojourn keeping up with the highs and lows of art-making; the fickleness, tidal waves, and droughts of making and selling my art. It takes tremendous bravery to stand responsibly and eloquently behind my expression through thick and thin. Consistency is everything and my dedication to that consistency is my life odyssey, be it in my parenting, my marriage, my self-care, how I paint to how I send out newsletters. The road to a dream is neither paved nor rarely even plotted. I think of Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea on this course of a lifetime; I need many guides, all my history of failure and triumphs, and a whole slew of good people to celebrate and corroborate with, to discover and learn from, and to slog through the hardships -which there are- no matter how deep my love or big my dream.
Honestly, I struggled with knowing I existed, yet enormous and bright art poured out of me from a very young age that couldn’t be ignored. I was challenged with bridging the gap between my false self who thought she didn’t exist and feared being noticed, to my true self to whom creativity was her constant companion and she knew how do things like paint, and heal, and build community. Learning what steadiness is and how to anchor myself in it is something I attend to every damn day. It is only from this centeredness that art pours through me and I can do my deepest work. My art education is informal and profuse, a daily act. It has taken me all these years to recognize the value in my personal experience and the teachings life keeps giving me. It is this life work that has entirely shaped me as an artist.
Please tell us about your art.
Combining rich, sumptuous texture with vibrant color is my specialty. My paintings are built primarily in acrylic, with thick, pigmented layers, all courage and chance, mixed in abstraction simultaneously into form, capturing the wonder of a moment. It is said about my work: the abstraction is a portal for the viewer to deepen perspective and actively engage with the piece, and form is a place to rest and relax. Collectors purchase Robyn Thayer Fine Art online at RobynThayer.com, at solo exhibitions, and juried shows. RT Art Cards is my greeting card line and all about sending joy.
Currently, I’m seeking excellent Gallery representation for my original art and boutiques for my card line. While continuing to strive for my work to be a vessel for joy and upliftment, I thoroughly enjoy the terrific connections my art keeps making as it reaches into the world. Lastly, I teach my techniques from quirky calligraphy to gorgeous collage in a workshop format at various venues. Offerings are listed on both of my sites.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
The day you decide to do it is your lucky day. -Japanese Proverb
I pay close attention to what life is offering and take empowered action based on my talent and courage. Luck has nothing to do with my path – my courage and optimism light the way before me.
- Website: RobynThayer.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/robyn_thayer_fine_art/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobynThayerProfessionalArtist
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RobynThayerArt
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