Robin’s work is about process with an emphasis on the organic properties of the materials he uses and how they mimic nature and landscape. Robin does not render a landscape; he allows the materials to naturally create one.
The steel series developed from Robin’s unique approach to the materials. He noticed the buildup of residue on the inside of the buckets he used to wash his paint brushes. The patinas of paint created a beautiful gradation of color and texture. Concurrent with these observations were Robin’s walks along the inlets of San Francisco Bay where his painting studio rests on the shores of India Basin. The low tides create patterns of kelp, and earth that blend into the tranquil waters.
For Robin’s “canvas,” he sands 22 gauge sheets of steel which are then submerged in several gallons of mineral spirits. He pours oil paint into the solution and mixes it until it is cloudy. Over a period of several days the particles of oil color precipitate and leave sediment on the aluminum. After the oil has completely separated from the mineral spirits, Robin repeats the process with another color.