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Robbie, During days of quarantine.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, my first experiences of life consisted of tall buildings and cement parks until my parents shipped me off to sleep-away summer camp at age 5. Ever since I had my first breath of fresh air, the scent of grass and hay, the feel of lake water and the sight of trees, I knew that I destined to replicate the wonder and beauty I had experienced in those summer months. They were the foundation for my love of art and all the  elements of nature.

Drawn to expressing the beauty, intensity and fragility of life, my resin work, my newest artform to date, is the perfect medium as it combines these elements which result in either bold colors or subdued hues. Whether literal or abstract, I see my work as an ongoing journal, one that has provided me a voice to express what I otherwise might not.

I take photographs and create distinctive resin paintings, sometimes merging the two, with a goal of producing a provocative aesthetic that invites conversation and interpretation.

I experience each process as a composition and collaboration, and transfer that to working with my clients and collectors.  My goal is to add a memorable aesthetic to my client’s lives, the living and work spaces and offer a distinguishable piece of art that embellishes life and evokes feeling.

A classical and jazz trained musician, Robbie performed and composed music for many years in New York and Portland, OR, before she transitioned into photography. As the staff photographer for the Admissions Department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she also co-authored the 125th Anniversary photography and poetry book, “Rendezvous with Light,” with former California Poet Laureate, Carol Muske Dukes. Robbie’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries and featured in numerous publications such as LensCulture, Lenscratch, Gourmet, and Marie Claire magazines.

As a photojournalist she has authored four books including Beauty and Wisdom, a study of older women in America; their traditions and visibility in our society. 

Robbie’s work is currently exhibited in Brittany Davis Gallery in Ojai, CA. Her work is also on exhibit at Crawford Family Wine tasting room in Solvang, CA and Helen’s Hair Studio in Santa Ynez, CA. 

Her eye sees and her heart shares, in everything she does. As an artist Robbie presents her work in a wide variety of mediums. Recently I asked her to help me find something or create something for a place above a bathtub. Knowing moisture would restrict my options, she opened her library of images recommending a metal backing for a photo. We finally chose a photo of a sunset in Big Sur. The meager light in this location in a bathroom doesn’t matter, the image still glows and shimmers, reflecting the end of daylight.

Happy with Robbie, yes. Her creative skills and intuitive matching of client and art piece make her a rare gem. 
Karen Roberts, Solvang CA

Say hello at robbie@robbiekaye.com