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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Robin Siegl

Robin Siegl


While rowing in between and around the looming hulls of these vessels I contemplate the worn weightiness of the structures and marvel at how they float on the wiggly water. Painting with oil on canvas-wrapped panels, I interpret the shapes, marks and colors observed. The act of painting and the rich feel of the materials are just as seductive as the strange beauty viewed from the rowboat.


Robin’s lifelong interest in making art culminated in 2006 when she turned seriously to oil painting, inspired in particular by the industrial waterfront of her native Seattle. This followed a career in graphic design, all the while casually working in charcoal and water-based media. Now painting full time, Robin has studio space with two dozen professional artists in Building C, a converted 1910-era warehouse near the Ballard Ship Canal, a waterway connecting Puget Sound to Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Regular excursions in her rowboat to explore the many waterways of the Pacific Northwest sharpen her skills of observation, provide an endless series of ideas for paintings, and continue to inspire the development of her work.

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