Lisa Sofia Robinson

SEASIDE, OREGON
JOINED: November, 2022

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“I’ve always been crazy about modern art and mid-century design”

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mother, an artist, was a distant cousin of Maxfield Parrish and so I grew up with the smell of mineral spirits and oil paint. I pursued a degree in education with a minor in music and art. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, in 1999, I specialized in photography and graphic design. After 20 years as a professional photographer, I chose to change course and pursue a career with my other love, painting. In 2015, I moved to the coast of Oregon and being so close to the water, my soul longed for something new. As I developed my own voice, I moved from representational to abstract. Midcentury modern design was rooted in functionality, clean lines, and simplicity, which reflected the world during the 50’s and 60’s. I was a child of older parents who served in WWII. In this new series, I am turning back to the time of my childhood. The simple, yet elegant wood furniture was solidly built to last many lifetimes. Art was simple and bold. As I explore simplicity, I am moving my chaotic lines and textures beneath the painting. Taking from my past as a quilter, I am exploring “fabric-piecing”. Using mixed media, I apply paint and textures with wax, acrylic paint and various mediums. Random pieces of textured canvas are pasted throughout. The canvas pieces feel more organic and dynamic when pieced together like a patchwork quilt. These simpler designs come alive with texture as you move closer in.

Examples of My Work

I have a twin sister, but we don’t even look like we are neighbors.

I tore my MCL and meniscus getting out of bed.

 I like to kayak from the river to the sea.

I hate grocery shopping.

I want some grandchildren.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why?

Flying. I want to fly.

What other non-artist jobs have you had?

Photographer, selling timeshare, insurance, published a monthly magazine, head-hunting, marketing

Why do you create?

I have a very busy mind and creating art calms it down and gives me peace!
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