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Art & Life with Robin Pierson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Pierson.

Robin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I had been working many years at a large corporation as a Human Resource Manager. Over a span of 6 years, I lost both my parents and my husband to cancer. I felt beat up and numb. Once the dust had settled and I went back to my “life” I realized my “life” was not the same and would never be. I needed to recover from my losses and that meant finding a new happiness. I felt no fear of failure because I really didn’t care. The worst, in my mind, had already happened. Things could only get better. I had always been creative, so, I decided to follow my own advice and refocused and reinvented myself. I left my corporate job and began studying decorative painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Soon after I opened my faux painting and re-design business “Robin’s Nest Interiors”.

Then, one winter while living in St. Augustine, FL with the goal of developing my business in a warm winter climate, I began experimenting with resin and a new idea emerged – decorative window art. With 12 pieces in hand I traveled to to Key West for vacation and with a little help from my friends, I was enrolled in a local art show. The interest in my work was overwhelming and I knew at that moment this was an idea I wanted to pursue. Over time, I phased out my faux painting business and devoted 100% of my energy developing my decorative window art.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My medium is resin and found objects. Resin is the glue and the objects – well, they can be anything. The materials I use are pieced together, similar to a mozaic, so that each item coordinates and compliments the next . I use old windows, picture frames and mirrors as my canvas.

I love creating custom pieces using “treasured” shells from a vacation or old jewelry. People keep lots of things stowed away in boxes because, for sentimental reasons, they can’t part with them. I take those treasures and incorporate them into a piece of art that they can enjoy every day.

If I had any message of “inspiration” I would say don’t let your passion pass you by. I realize it’s not possible for everyone to leave a paying job to pursue other interests, but if you have a passion, explore it! It can bring you so much joy and who know’s, maybe it will become your full time career!

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
As an artist, I define success as loving your work, your art, and being able to make a living at it. One thing I believe with all my heart, if you do not love your own work – love your art – you will not be successful. You must love it to the point of wanting to do it day and night. It cannot be just a job. It must be who you are. You need to be all in!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am represented by two fine shops on Cape Cod – Pentimento on Main Street in Chatham, MA and Settings by Andrea on Main Street in Falmouth. I also have my own shop In Pocasset where customers can purchase directly from me or come to discuss a custom piece. My work can also be viewed on line at www.robinpierson.com.

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Image Credit:
All photos taken by me. Robin Pierson

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