"If the drive and passion is within you, nothing can prevent you from achieving your goals. I feel very privileged that I have the opportunity to work and teach in a field that I love."
- Robyn Lowry -
Perth born and bred, Robyn grew up amongst an old fashioned rose garden, which created the setting for her future floral art.
After gaining her secretarial credentials, Rob worked as an Office Manager, gaining experience for establishing “Robs Art & Design” in later years. When her two children started school, she also started school as a “mature age student” at Midland TAFE and Fremantle TAFE, gaining her Diploma in Art & Design after five years of part time study. During this time Rob worked as a landscape gardener to have a break from study and again be amongst the flowers. Strangely, while supplementing TAFE studies with a private teacher (Cynthia Trotter), Robs most disliked subject matter was flowers. Obviously a love/hate relationship was just beginning.
Completing her Diploma enabled Rob to teach all mediums in private and commercial classes. Her experience as a teacher over 28 years at Atwell House, Canning Arts Centre and privately has enabled her to pass on her knowledge to a large number of students in a fun and rewarding manner.
While a member of The Alfred Cove Art Association, her floral painting was amongst a collection of work by the group to win the world wide Dale Rowney art competition, judged in London. Robyn is currently a member of the Alfred Cove Art Association based at Atwell House.
Robyn won the International Artist Magazine world art competition (63 countries competed) for floral art and hence wrote articles for this magazine and for The Australian Artist Magazine. The Australian Artist Magazine also showcased her work in one of their publications.
Three Perth galleries, Linton and Kay, Gallery 360, and Applecross Framing and Fine Art, included her in their stable of artists from 2001 to 2007 which involved working full time exclusively for them painting large realist/design floral paintings. Linton and Kay purchased a triptych 1 mtr x 3 mtrs every week.
Her acrylic paintings have been sold to Government Bodies, Corporate Establishments and commercial businesses. Previously a large triptych was commissioned for Saint John of God hospital in Subiaco (for their new restaurant) and they also purchased large prints of her Kimberley landscape series for their cancer ward. Prints of the floral paintings have been sold throughout the world as well as around Perth.
Robyn has demonstrated for a number of Art Associations in various mediums over the years . The workshops run have covered all mediums and styles. Realism, Impressionism and Abstraction. Drawing classes have been run in preparation for the painting classes. The the two day workshops were in acrylics, covering Colour Mixing, Still life, Landscape and Figure in the Impressionist style. The Workshops catered for only 6 students per class and all materials were supplied.
Being a judge for the Canning Art Award for a number of years gives her much pleasure, especially encouraging new artists to continue to pursue their love of painting. She was the 2011, 2014 and 2017 sole art judge for the Alcoa Pinjarra Art Award, a very prestigious annual award with substantial prize money given to winners. Robyn was the 2014 Judge for The Awards of Excellence for the Canning Art Group.
Some of the awards won by Robyn are :-
Winner of the Pinjarra Art Award 2009, sponsored by Alcoa for “Magnolias making an impression”.
Winner of the Peoples Choice Award in the 2010 Alcoa Mandjar Art Award.
Winner of Best In Show at the 2014 Alfred Cove Art Society’s annual Awards of Excellence exhibition.
Rob trades as “Robs Art & Design” (www.robsart.com.au).
Her style of painting for enjoyment and fun is large impressionist paintings with varying subject matter. However, she works on commissions and large flower designs in oils for galleries.
While living in Mandurah for five years Robyn was one of the “artist in residents” with a group at Rolley Taskers Sailing Museum in Mandurah. The group is known as the Terrace Artists. An annual exhibition at the museum was extremely popular with over 300 people at the opening nights, resulting in a sell out of her work.
While residing in South Perth, Robyn used her large home studio, gallery and teaching room for two day workshops in acrylics. The studio and gallery catered for groups that were interested in art talks and demonstrations including morning or afternoon teas. The Lilac Hill Art Group provided a lovely friendly social day for painting for four years while living in Perth.
Two Galleries in Perth are handling her work, White Frame Gallery on Canning Highway, South Perth, Gallery 360, Railway Parade, West Leederville and Jah Roc Margaret River. To keep up to date with Robs latest work please find her on Facebook and Instagram.
Mandurah has now become her home once again and she is holding workshops and demonstrations for the art community. Memberships to Art groups include The Estuary Artists, the Murray District Artists and the Terrace Artists.