I’ve never met New England artist Debra Bretton Robinson or seen her paintings in person, but I stumbled upon images of her work several years back online and really liked them. Each time a new one is posted, it perks me up. The colors in her landscape paintings are boldly paired and fauvist-inspired (not unlike my own way of working with color).
A native of Plaistow, NH, Debra was raised on land surrounded by forests. She says trees have a living, breathing presence for her. She accompanies her husband, a fisherman, on his fishing excursions on the Nashua River, Massapoag Pond and Merrimack river on their boat that has become her floating studio. While he fishes, she paints the scenes. How perfect an arrangement is that!
She’s got a keen way of expressing the graphic shapes of the New England natural landscape, homes and city scenes. Her striking house and cityscape images evoke for me a feeling of warmth beckoning from inside their walls. You can see many of her paintings at Debra’s blog.
Now a resident of Chelmsford, MA, Debra participates in the vibrant art scene in Lowell, MA. She currently has her work in several online galleries including the Saatchi Gallery in London, FineArtAmerica.com and the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.
If you’re in the Greater Boston area, you can see “A Light in the Forest,” Debra’s upcoming solo exhibit at the Newton Free Library. The opening reception is April 2 and it runs through April 29.
Want to see more art from New England artists? The SoWa Artists Guild in Boston’s South End has First Friday open studio events each month.