Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Denevan.
Robin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a full-time artist with a studio in San Francisco. I exhibit internationally, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a full-time artist is a challenge. I quit my teaching job in 2002 and borrowed money to support myself long enough to complete a body of work. I’ve been incredible fortunate to be part of a thriving arts community in San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. It hasn’t always been a smooth road. I’ve made my art career a priority which has meant a lot of sacrifice in other areas of my life. Being self-employed requires a tremendous amount of discipline and determination.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am a painter. I’m mostly known for my encaustic landscapes. Encaustic is the fusing of beeswax with pigments and resin. I’ve also been working with steel as a substrate for a series of abstract landscapes focusing on the San Francisco Bay. I’m proud to have been a full-time artist for 18 years. My business employs many local specialists including designers, woodworkers, printing and fabrication. I think what sets me apart from a lot of fine artists is my enjoyment and competency on the business end of art-making. I know many talented artists who are discouraged by that aspect of the trade. I enjoy running a business and working with clients, galleries and art consultants. I work hard on my brand and go the extra mile for my collectors. I had an early career in sales which prepared me for presenting my work to buyers. I’ve honed my ability to articulate my work and create a connection between myself and the viewer. It’s incredibly rewarding!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has played a tremendous roll in my work. So many coincidences and happenstances led me to my current success. As a High School Freshman, I was accepted into an Arts’ Magnet High School in San Jose, CA. From an early age I had great mentors and teachers. In the Summer of 2000, I moved from my art studio in Oakland, CA to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard artists colony in San Francisco, CA. I’ve been painting here for 20 years now. I am so grateful for the community I am a part of. I have been very lucky to have the friends, family, mentors, and collectors who have helped me along the way.
- Address: 50 Jerrold Ave. apt 307
San Francisco, CA 94124
- Website: Robindenevan.com
- Phone: 415,948.4675
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @robindenevan
- Facebook: @robindenevanpaintings