Gena Brodie Robbins was raised in Tifton, Georgia where both of her parents were teachers and coaches. When the family went to the beach in the summers, her dad taught her how to paint on sand dollars. She learned how to paint sunsets using the Walter Foster “How to” booklets at the local hobby shop. Gena was also trained at a young age to sing, however, she did not love Latin lyrics and had horrible stage fright - but she knew that she loved visual arts. So, she formally studied art at Valdosta State University with a BFA in Art Education, earned an MFA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, and won a studio space in NYC through SCAD at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Gena began painting full time after receiving a diagnosis of Generalized Myasthenia Gravis, after moving from Savannah to Atlanta. Her current body of work stems from an interest in the Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950's and 60's. She explores the various emotions and moods that can be visually created through subtle lighting in combination with the abstract human form. Her painting process involves an immersive experience, where she ends up practically covered in paint, and Gena says that her dogs and cat leave the studio from time to time with a bright green tail or white paws. When she’s not in the studio, Gena is teaching others to paint, enjoying a pot of tea while writing poetry, reading a crime novel, or hiking the Appalachian trails with her labs in the north Georgia mountains.
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About The Artist
My paintings begin with a series of abstract dark strokes of color or black marks from charcoal leading to thicker painted shapes that combine intuitive mark and balanced placement of color. I eventually carve more recognizable imagery from the suggested shapes which evolve into developed abstracted figures. My studio is comprised of multiple rooms located in the lower level of my home. In one room, I create large scale works on a wall and on easels using rags and huge brushes. In another less cluttered room, a huge table sits in the middle where I create collages and works on paper as well as smaller works while listening to indie, folk or jazz music.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master of Fine Arts, 2006
Valdosta State UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts, 1995