Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Hiers.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Laguna Beach and started selling art when I was 8. My dad was a founder of Art-A-Fair and my mom was a painter. My childhood was always around art, our gallery, and art shows. I had a natural talent and knew when I grew up I would be painting happy paintings. As life has many twist and turns, my art career as an adult took off in Boulder, Colorado, and it went well but something was missing. About 5 years ago I decided to sell my house and move back to OC to be near family, the beach, and the art community of Laguna! Lucky for me, I met some great people who helped me believe in my voice and one thing led to another! I started painted scenes of the lifestyle here – and I’ve never looked back. I have a very illustrative style, that is fun and distinct. I have a brand that some people call Bikini Girls, but it’s more than that. I’m very lucky to live where my art style resonates with the people who love this amazing life we live.
Please tell us about your art.
My inspiration comes from pop culture, childhood memories, my life, and images I see from everywhere. When I was younger I found a pile of old Life magazines in an abandoned cabin. I would pour over them and fell in love with the ads. I’ll look at old ads on Pinterest or other sources, if I’m painting something like an old jaguar or Porsche. My art is about a sexier time in life, so I say I paint fun with a retro twist. An old suntan ad will get my creative juices flowing. I take Champagne labels and blow them up and cut them into bikinis. I find old surf stickers on eBay, and use those. Recently I’ve started adding glitter, and cut glass – to really make them pop. I was given a collection of amazing matchbooks, so I even paint on those and use parts of them in my art. They are so cool, to me there is nothing better than a vintage advertising artifact. I want people to look at my art and feel. People are drawn to it, it makes them happy.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
This is an amazing time to be an artist because of the internet. There are resources and it’s gotten very easy to make your own website. The only challenge is within your self. If you have talent, if you have something people want, you have to ignore the media and negative remarks and just go for it. This business is not for the weak, you have to be very confident and believe in your self. Art is a luxury item so if you are selling original work, you have to market to an upscale consumer.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is available online, at The Deck in Laguna Beach, and at Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art. You can find me painting there right inside the gallery, a few days a week. I’m always looking for opportunities to partner with brands, fashion, food, wine, or anything that resonates with my style. The Deck 627 Sleepy Hollow lane Laguna Beach. LGOCA 611 s.Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach www.robinhiersart.com.
- Website: www.robinhiersart.com
- Phone: 949-940-6662
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @robinhiersart
- Facebook: Robin Noel Hiers – Artist
- Other: Pinterest – Robin Hiers