I am a self-taught artist. I had a drawing class while I was living in Germany in the early 90s, but much preferred experimenting on my own. I have dabbled in watercolors, oils, acrylic and colored pencil, but my favorite medium is pastels. My father painted, primitive style and my sister followed in his footsteps. My work however leans toward realism. I love hearing someone say…”I thought it was a photograph”.
I grew up as an Army Brat, traveling all over the world with my father who always had 4 or 5 cameras with him. Following in my father’s footsteps, I joined the Air Force when I was 19 and continued my travels around the US and the world. During that time I enjoyed painting in watercolors, pastels (my favorite), oils, pencil and colored pencil.
In 2002, I met my husband Tom, who is a truck driver. We were married in 2003, and I joined him on the road full-time in 2004 as his co-driver. Unable to paint in the truck, I developed an interest and passion for photography and purchased a small Fuji Finepix camera…. I was off and running! I wasn’t satisfied for long with just a point and shoot and developed a strong desire to learn everything I could about photography.
In December of last year, my husband and I retired from the road to 20 acres in eastern Oklahoma, which we discovered on our travels in our big rig. I am looking forward to getting back to painting along with continuing my journey in photography. Hopefully, my art will catch up with my photography.
Thank you for visiting,
Mary Penta Robinson