About

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“I want to live richly inside myself -as rich and full as my paintings.”

 

 

 

Artist Bio

Robyn Thayer has been making the world a more appealing place as a beauty maker and story teller since her first smile.  Her maternal grandmother was instrumental in developing Robyn as a crafter and her paternal grandmother taught her how to dig into the Earth.  Following suit, her mother and father provided her respectively with glue, wiggly eyes, dirt, and seeds. 

Growing up in the magical woods and waters of the Northern Midwest, much of her childhood was spent in her fabulous imaginary world, either at her crafting table or outside, in a boat, fort, or flower bed-  where dreams, sky, and wind all caressed her with their lavish secrets and plans.  Today she still spends her summers next to a Wisconsin lake where much of her imagery comes from, while digging her hands into the natural world and playing all summer long.  Winters are spent on a Mountaintop in her Colorado studio, translating her summer treasures into paint. 

Her art education is informal and profuse; a daily act.  Robyn is a prolific artist and she has a wide array of interests such as, quilting, embroidery, poetry, meditation, and gardening, which feed her painting style.  Robyn’s favorite artwork is large in scale and she prefers to use acrylics, water-soluble graphite and crayons, to create representational, contemporary abstract paintings.  In this way she is able to convey a dreamlike quality- reflecting the innocence and grandeur of where the private inner world and the wild outside meet.

Artist Statement

My most intimate conversation is painting.  It is a dialog between my life experience and a power greater than myself.  I begin a painting organically, scraping excess paint off my palette, from one canvas to another.

The internal workings of life- feelings, bones and joints, magma- all reveal themselves to me as I build, layer upon layer, of paint and line.  Graphite is my equivalent of cobwebs, a connective tissue, giving structure to impulse. Thick acrylic paint is worked into a surface with my favorite tool, the credit card. I scrape, smear, and rub paint together the way a river shapes a stone, a soul emerges.  Water soluble crayons contribute to the surface energy, the result is a painting full of glowing vitality.

Currently I am exploring animal shapes within my art.  Fish, Horses, and Buffalo are all frequent visitors in my daily life.  As I see them emerge from my underpaintings, they impart to me a strength and fortification.  I feel coupled with the primal energy of the universe as I paint them.


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Education

1981-Present, Self Taught Artist

2006 Certified Reiki Master, Ushi Shiki Ryoho

2002 Certified Massage Therapist, Boulder College of Massage Therapy

2000 Bachelor of Science, Biology, University MN-Duluth

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Featured Artist, Showcase Gallery, Gilpin Arts, Central City, CO

2011 Featured Artist, First Friday Exhibit, Om Time, Denver, CO

2008 Featured Artist, First Friday Exhibit Dancing Colours Studio, Carbondale, CO

2002 Featured Artist, Lakes Area Gallery, Crosslake, MN

 

Group Exhibitions

2018 Amuse Yeux, Foothills Center for the Arts, Golden, CO

2018 Hey Diddle Diddle, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

2018 120 Show, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2018 Art of the Egg, Main Street Arts, Evergreen, CO

2017 Member’s Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

2017 Women’s Empowerment Show, M. Romero Gallery, RINO Art District, Denver, CO

2017 Fine Art Pop-Up, Evergreen Terrace Building, Evergreen, CO

2017 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

2017 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2017 Amuse Yeux, Foothills Center for the Arts, Golden, CO

2017 Colorado’s Oldest Juried Show, Washington Hall Gallery, Central City, CO

2017 Member’s Show, Gilpin Arts, Central City, CO

2017 120 Show, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2017 Art of the Egg, Main Street Arts, Evergreen, CO

2016 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

2015 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

2015 Wild Collaboration, Pajama Baking Co., Denver, CO

2015 Wild Collaboration, Nellebelle General Store, Evergreen, CO

2010 One of a Kind Show, Chicago, IL

2010 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

2009 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

2008 Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

 

Invitational Exhibitions

2018 Horn, Feather, Egg, Nellybelle General Store, Evergreen, CO

2017 Western States Juried Show, Gilpin Arts, Central City, CO

2015-2016 Evergreen Terrace Building, Evergreen, CO

2014-2016 Evergreen Massage Center, Evergreen, CO

2012-2013 Eve on Larimer Square, Denver, CO

2013-2014 True Yoga, Evergreen, CO

2008-2012 Willow Creek Restaurant, Evergreen, CO

 

Publication

2018 Haute Handbags, “Best of” Magazine, Spring, Cover image, article and image, A Painting on the Go by self authored, pg. 32-35

2015 Art Journaling Magazine, July/Aug/Sept, article and image, pg. 75

2015 Somerset Memories, article and image, Mamahood Journal by self authored, pg.102-104

2015 Haute Handbags, Autumn, article and image, A Painting on the Go by self authored, pg. 39-43

2014 Art Journaling Magazine, Winter, article and image, pg. 68

2014 Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter, image, pg. 60

2014 Edible Aspen, Fall, image, pg. 24

2014 Art Journaling Magazine, Autumn, article and image, Beyond Chokecherries by self authored, pg. 52-57; 59; 96

2014 Art Journaling Magazine, Spring, article and image, pg. 65

2013 Art Journaling Magazine, Autumn, article and image, Daily Play by self authored, pg. 52-57; 68; 96; 112-116

2011 Somerset Studio, Nov/Dec, article and image, Daring to be an Artist and Sipping and Chewing Letters, by self authored, pg. 18-21

2011 Create With Me, Summer, article and image, Art in the Mail by self authored, pg. 74-77

2011 Somerset Studio, July/August, article and image, pg. 121

2011 Art Journaling Magazine, Summer, image, pg. 125,134-135

2010 Somerset Studio, Nov/Dec, article and image, A Bold Holiday by Christen Olivarez, pg. 22-23

2009 Somerset Studio, Jul/Aug, cover image and article, Soul Revealed by self authored, pg. 60-63

2009 Somerset Studio, May/Jun, article and image, pg 30

2008 Somerset Studio, Sept/Oct, article and image, pg 31

 

Professional Development

2018 100 Works on Paper, Online Painting Course

2017  Lovely Lassies, Online Figure Painting Course

2017 Animal Antics, Tracy Verdago, Online Painting Course

2017 Gathering Beauty | A Study in Still Life Painting, Wendy Brightbill, Online Course

2017 Embrace Yourself, Misty Mawn, Online Art Journaling Course

2016 Grace and Grit, Katie Kendrick, Online Course

2015 Entwined, Misty Mawn, Online Portrait Painting Course

2012 Illustrative Workshop, Katherine Dunn, Online Sketching and Painting Course

2012 Muse, Katie Kendrick, Intuitive Portrait Workshop, Parker, CO

2012 Bloom True, Flora Bowley, Online Intuitive Painting Course

2011 Misty Mawn, Online Creativity Course

2011 Bloom True, Flora Bowley, Intuitive Painting Workshop, Boulder, CO

2010 Katie Kendrick, Intuitive Portrait Workshop, Ft. Collins, CO

2009 Golden Paints Workshop, Mary Morrison, Denver, CO

2008 Golden Paints Workshop, Mary Morrison, Denver, CO

2007 Golden Paints Workshop, Mary Morrison, Denver, CO

 

Other Art Activities

2018 Donation, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2018 Donation, Artma, Denver, CO

2017 Children’s Art Show, Art Director, Evergreen, CO

2017 Fine Art Pop-Up, Art Director, Evergreen, CO

2017 Donation, Evergreen Montessori, Evergreen, CO

2017 Donation, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2014 Donation, Artma, Denver, CO

2014 Sugar Plum Bazaar, Denver, CO

2012 Donation, Artma, Denver, CO

2012 Larimer Square Window Art, Denver, CO

2012 Green Truck Show, Evergreen, CO

2011 Green Truck Show, Evergreen, CO

2011 Sugar Plum Bazaar, Denver, CO

2011 Horseshoe Market, Denver, CO

2010 Green Truck Show, Evergreen, CO

2010 Horseshoe Market, Denver, CO

2010 Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley, CA

2010 Donation, Chanda Plan Foundation, Denver, CO

2008 Donation, Chanda Plan Foundation, Denver, CO

 

Other Professional Experience

2016-Present Art Career Coaching, Kathy Beekman, Bailey, CO

2018 Interview, Art Coaching for You, Online

2017-2018 Freelance Designer, Faber-Castell

2017 Workshop Instructor, The Fine and Totally Fun, Art of Collage, Robyn Thayer Fine Art Studio, Evergreen, CO

2017 Creative Management Workshop, Art Coaching for You, Sante Fe, NM

2016 Art of Money, Bari Tessler, Online, Year-long Money School

2011 Workshop Instructor, Art Journaling, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

2011 Workshop Instructor, Layers, Collage, Lettering, Studio Lila, Evergreen, CO

2011 Workshop Instructor, Layers, Collage, Lettering, Studio Lila, Evergreen, CO

2010 Workshop Instructor, Build a Journal, Studio Lila, Evergreen, CO

Memberships

Foothills Center for the Arts, Golden, CO

Evergreen Artist’s Association, Evergreen, CO

Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Collections

Throughout USA, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand

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