Robyn Kruse
San Francisco, California

Robyn Kruse sees personality in the roosters she admires. They have a spirited attitude that strikes her as bold and full of life. She brings out the animals’ marvelous variety through her mixed media artwork, which features chickens and roosters set against abstract backgrounds. The full feathers of the birds are captured in loose impressionist brushstrokes, and the designs behind them are delicately composed using acrylic, ink, paper and other collaged materials. The Japanese influence on her style is apparent in the flattened shapes and slightly off center compositions of her work. Robyn carefully studies the birds she depicts; referencing photographs, the Encyclopedia of Chickens, and The Poultry Handbook in order capture them accurately. The birds in the paintings seem aware and proud of their shining moment as the subject, strutting their stuff and fluffing their feathers for the viewer.

Artist and Customer Comments

Robyn Kruse 3/27/2016 | 1:19 PM

Hi Peter, Thanks for your kind words. I have some larger pieces up on my website - you can check them out here: I'm not planning on making many more large pieces in the next year because I'll be traveling. Check your email, I sent you some more info. - Robyn

pchristy 3/24/2016 | 11:12 AM

The roosters are progressing vibrantly and with much flare. I love it! I know you make these bigger. Can you put up a 6'x 4' version of something?

The Fairy Tale Begins

Mixed media artwork on wood
Signed on back

16" h x 20" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 5 oz.


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This piece was a lot of fun to do - I started by tracing around a chicken cut out with a brush, then inked in the wire pattern inside the chicken. The writing is the beginning of a fairy tale I'd started, with some of the interesting words highlighted in black sharpie pen. Then, to make the chicken stand out more I added the light green wash and finished it with ink drips. The piece is on Spanish handmade paper, which has been mounted on a cradled birch-wood panel. The piece comes ready to hang. 

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