Robin Symmes is a versatile artist creating both large-scale and miniature paintings in her studio at The Williams Mill Creative Studios in Glen Williams, Ontario.

A graduate of Queen's University with an honors degree combining classics, fine art and art history, Robin paints using both historical media and subject. Her glazed oils framed in gold leaf are luscious and intimate. Her large sketch-like paintings, up to ten fee in length, share stories of human expression, at one mesmerizing and evocative.



1-600 250-4884
STUDIO 18, THE WILLIAMS MILL CREATIVE ART STUDIO,
515 MAIN STREET, GLEN WILLIAMS, ONTARIO CANADAL7G 3S9

EMAIL: hfergus@interlog.com
 


Detail of Song and Dance
(oil on canvas, 72" x 108")
©1996



Portrait #6
(oil on canvas, 24" x 28")
©1997

 


35P
(oil on canvas, 28" x 48")
©1995



ROBIN SYMMES
Quotes from the Media

 "An exciting new talent" (on Robin Symmes as an artist) The Williams Mill Gallery 1996.

 "Powerful, a bold expressionistic style" John Sommer, Gallery House of Sol.

 "Paintings alive with emotion" Revision Unlimited Arts



A Quote by the Artist

 "I was captivated by the drawings of the old masters during my art history studies. Preliminary sketches
by the 17th - 19th century artists contained economic strokes that formed the structure, the very meaning in
their paintings. Emotion and power were conveyed by the style, the speed and the immediacy of the
strokes; as in music, the blanks often spoke louder than the notes. By leaving parts of my compositions
'unfinished' I intend to echo the power of the drawings I remembered.
 
The subjects were influenced by the Baroque tendency to emphasize human expression and emotion. The
colored paper used by Van Dyke, Coypel and others inspired me to underpaint in salmon-gold, and
soulful green colors. These paintings are really coloured drawings emphasizing the initial, oil-stick
sketch. They were tinted in the final stages with successive oil/varnish glazes.
 
I hope to extend the work of earlier painters who championed the freshness of the sketch and the
painterly approach."
 
Robin Symmes
  
 For more information, visit Robin at Studio 18, The Glen Williams Creative Arts Studios, Glen Williams
or email at: hfergus@interlog.com


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