Robyn’s fascination with nature’s random patterns can be seen in the rich textures found in her photographs and clay sculptures. Her connection to nature is evident in the textural marks in her clay work; many are made with barnacles, rocks and wood. She achieves a timeless, ancient quality in her sculptures primarily by using stain to emphasis the texture.
Robyn was born in San Francisco during the Beat era, and grew up in the redwoods west of Healdsburg. Her father, Paul Beattie, was a recognized and prolific Abstract Expressionist. She greatly appreciates the influence of his ‘eye’ on the way she sees her surroundings.
“My photographs and clay sculptures reflect my fascination with the mysterious and with nature’s processes: the magic of seeds, birth and metamorphosis, the beauty I see in stain and decay“.
Her photography often reveals only a detail of an object or scene, without the recognizable context of the larger view. She once found a series of landscapes in a rusting hubcap, and continues to discover seemingly-huge worlds in such things as burned paper, water stains, and bone.
Robyn has collaborated for many years with the poet Tania Pryputniewicz to create photo-poem montages. Robyn’s photographs are paired with Tania’s poetry, and these mini-movies can be seen here: www.taniapryputniewicz.com/?p=271
Her photography has been exhibited since 2009 at a number of local galleries including Occidental Center for the Arts, Petaluma Arts Center, Graton Gallery, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and The Quicksilver Mine Company Gallery. Her photography can be seen at www.robynbeattie.com