Jean Robinson RI
Jean Robinson was born and educated in Cardiff. She studied music and history in Nottingham, training as a teacher, and still teaches part time in Surrey. She began painting in 1987 when her youngest son started school, and started painting seriously a few years later with a group of artists who for several years were tutored by Mike Bernard RI.
Jean Robinson paints mainly in a semi-abstract way using acrylics, watercolours, inks and collage. Her paintings are intuitive rather than literal and emerge from remembered images and shapes, with colour often being the starting point. Music in many forms influences Jean’s paintings – the bold and colourful ones seem to grow when listening to jazz and rock music and the mellow ones emerge with the classics!
Jean Robinson has exhibited widely throughout the UK and in London, and her work is held in private collections worldwide. Some of her pictures have been reproduced as greeting cards for Marks & Spencer. She has won many awards for her paintings.
Jean Robinson was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in April 2004 and to the Council of the RI in April 2007.
“My paintings are intuitive rather than literal and emerge from remembered images, patterns and shapes, with colour often being the starting point. I paint mainly in a semi-abstract way, using acrylics, inks, watercolours and a variety of collage materials. Brushes, palette knives, pens and cards are used on paper, board or canvas. I try to use mixed media, colour, texture and composition to achieve multi-layered and atmospheric paintings. Music in many forms inspire me when I’m painting, especially rock and jazz. The rhythms influence my brushstrokes and mood and often the result of the picture. Imagination and memory combine to create landscapes, townscapes, seascapes and abstract patterns.”