This week we’re featuring artists from The Creative Kind, a Facebook Auction Group, The purpose of this group is to create original works of art to be offered during a monthly auction where part of the proceeds from each piece sold will collectively be given to a charity of the artists choice. This month, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Innocence Project. The auction will be held June 23-24 on Facebook.
Our final artist is Robin Mead:
I love to experiment with mixed media and bold watercolors while creating colorful nature inspired creations. I love to design landscapes, gardens, birds and flowers while relying on intuition and insight to capture that ‘joy’ in bold color.The ultimate expression is to translate my love of color onto paper, canvas and the digital screen.
My background in the Social Work profession has helped me to identify and appreciate the small beauties in life, and to express the Joy that comes with creating. There are so many concepts, theories, values and practices Ive learned through being a social worker, but the most profound is that every one of us has the ability to change our lives, alter our futures and transform ourselves..and that power lies deep within each of us. It does not come from a book, a guru, a teacher or a class, but through the lessons these options offer, when applied with our own lens of thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
While working in a Community Advocacy Program, and in the foster care system of NYC, I began attending art school on Long Island, New York in 2003. I was creating art on the side but wanted to learn more. I wanted to change where I was going and what I was doing, so I started creating more and more. I experimented with all kinds of supplies, papers, tools and ideas. I started creating art with my clients and all the children I worked with. I integrated art making into the groups I was conducting as well. I began transforming my life, and altering how I wanted to live in the future. I loved my work in the clinical field but I knew that I could not do that for the next 30 years. It is difficult, yet rewarding work, but has its limits as well. So I began limiting my hours in the office and creating more hours in my studio. I began to share my work in local shows and on the internet by way of websites, blogs and online shops. I joined the art communities and met so many like minded souls.
After many years we relocated and downsized from NY to GA where I practiced social work in a part time position and slowly began a full time art business.
I was invited to join The Creative Kind In 2018, and was honored to be included with these artists. It is so rewarding to use creative talents to inspire others and to be able to help causes that make a difference. Each month we choose an organization that is close to our hearts and homes. It adds a wonderful dimension to our creativity while raising money for those in need. Our group shares beautiful art, spreads awareness and creates an atmosphere of kindness and giving.. and what is better than that