Robin Maria Pedrero is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America and is listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This year she was named Best Artist in Florida by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, and her work won a competition to appear on Artiste Winery labels.  

When did you first know that you wanted to become an artist?

I can’t define a moment, but I remember in kindergarten that I wore a special painting smock sewn by my mother. I was crafting and creating in every medium throughout childhood. At 13 I began studying oil painting with professional artists who studied with master Robert Brackman. I won awards, and I began selling my art and exhibiting at The Mystic Art Association Gallery in Connecticut at age 15. My visual journey is ongoing.

Have you pursued any other careers?

I am grateful to have been working solely as a professional artist since 2006; however, I have had quite an interesting array of day jobs: from Arts Administrator for the Seminole Cultural Arts Council to manager and receptionist for several hair salons, to waitress to retail sales (I once sold socks to Julia Roberts). Probably most surprising: for several years I was an armed guard at a nuclear facility. I found my occupations have had an influence on the art I create. I continued to be an artist even when working other jobs.

How would you describe your current aesthetic, and how has that changed over the years?

My art has changed dramatically. I studied classical art producing portraiture, still lifes and landscapes. Although those elements are utilized in my art, they are not executed in a traditional manner. My art is created more expressionistically now. My paintings are contemporary pieces. My process is one filled with delightful surprises that build within the layers. I am like a storyteller weaving a tale as I create. I paint in series.

What are you working on now?

Currently I am creating the “Shelter Series” for an exhibit, “Trio,” at the Steinway Gallery in Altamonte Springs. Although ubiquitous it is very personal in regard to my recent moving experiences, including moving my home studio to FAVO.  I also have a series of teacups, teapots, coffee, a series of crows, a series of birds, a series of dresses and more. Although I have many consistent bodies of work my art continues to evolve, and I can’t help but go with it and hope and dream that one day dare I say my art too will be looked upon like a Picasso, O’Keefe or some of the Masters. A girl’s gotta dream—and make art.

What do you like about having a studio at FAVO?

It is my sacred space to create. Great big windows! At FAVO I’ve been surrounded with a supportive, uplifting community by Park Lake Presbyterian Church members, the arts community, and visitors. I mentor and teach in my studio. I am also the leader of an Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Connection salon that meets at FAVO. I do like that I can come and go as I please, enabling me to take care of both the creative and business sides of my career and take family time, too.  It’s such a pleasure to have the freedom to listen to whatever music I choose, leave my brushes beside my own sink for clean up, and be able to return to my space just like I left it. And I’m thankful for a private bathroom, which is also great for guests and getting ready for exhibits.

Why are you looking forward to the Oct 5 FAVO First Friday event?

The diversity of artists is exciting to me. People are going to be wowed! I am looking forward to the crowd filled with those who love art, food, and music—just like I do! When someone makes a connection to a piece of art and they just have to have it, that’s the icing on the cake. It is such a joy to gain an art collector knowing that what I am creating is making a difference in someone’s life and space.