Robin Jones

original paintings

I started painting the day after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, Texas, where I’d been working as an actor in the theatre. With no power for weeks and unable to go anywhere, I started painting big abstract and figurative paintings. Although I’d been drawing and painting since I was a kid, this was…

I started painting the day after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, Texas, where I’d been working as an actor in the theatre. With no power for weeks and unable to go anywhere, I started painting big abstract and figurative paintings. Although I’d been drawing and painting since I was a kid, this was the first time that I focused whole-heartedly on it- and I haven’t stopped since.

I’m a figurative painter with a focus on the natural world and the human impact upon that world, galvanized by the impact of global climate change and human mistreatment of our fellow species. I wish to convey the beauty and majesty of the natural world- the glory of what we have, as well as what we are at risk of losing.

I love using metal leaf in my paintings for multiple reasons. These metals are of the earth, they are considered ‘precious’, and therefore I feel they give a reverential quality to the subject matter (similar to the Madonna and Child paintings of the Gothic/Proto-Renaissance). I also love, aesthetically, the way the light reflects off of the metal, changing as the light in the space shifts.

I focus on young people, as they will inherit the planet that we leave them- and they are also among the strongest and most influential voices in the the climate change and animal liberation movements.

       “All beings, including each one of us, enemy and friend alike, exist in patterns of mutuality, interconnectedness, co-responsibility and ultimately in unity.”

Joan Halifax 


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