Robin Sierra
Fairfax, California

For Robin Sierra, the best way to create art is to let the paint flow freely. Instead of using brushes, Robin pours out paint and then manipulates it using found sticks, kitchen utensils and other unexpected objects. Sometimes she will also paint on a surface and places the object on the canvas, creating a sort of print. “As the painting emerges, there becomes a delicate balance of letting the shapes form themselves and me using my intuition and compositional skills to guide the piece.” Working in a non-representational style is her way of getting viewers to use their imagination and come up with their own interpretations. On days when she’s not in front of the canvas, Robin enjoys hiking, reading and dancing. She currently lives in California.

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Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

27" h x 39" w x 2" d
10 lbs. 0 oz.


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Although this is a richly painted abstract work, it captures the feeling of a land or seascape. This piece is part of a series of a unique technique I developed. The painting was made by pouring paint on unprimed canvas in many layers. Instead of brushes I used squeegees, spatulas, and sticks to manipulate the paint. My process parallels with the idea of creating a space for the painting to emulate the forces of nature. It is a dance between allowing and following what the paint does on its own and using my expertise as an artist to direct the colors and composition.

This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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