Robin Urton has been painting for over 20 years. She credits dreams for leading her on a path to creating art, starting with journaling about her dreams, then painting them. Eventually this grew into the practice of dreaming while she paints, preferring to leave the process open to whatever appears out of suggested patterns and textures in the paint. Frequent themes include birds, trees, botanicals, women and dreaming Buddhas.
About her jewelry, Robin states: “I am gratified by the idea of functionality, and that people can wear my art! These days I often start a painting thinking about how the images might translate into jewelry. I discovered a process in which I could create transparent images of my artwork so that I can have gold, silver, or copper leaf behind the images. I often need to paint an opaque background behind parts of the image to create contrast, leaving other areas clear for the metallic leaf to shine through. Though there is a photographic reproduction process involved, each piece is created by hand, involving the photo transfer, metallic leaf application, engraving the glass gems and wire-wrapping them with non-tarnish wire. Finally, the wire-wrapped pendants are sealed in the back with a durable resin, and paired with chokers or chains. I also offer vintage-setting pendants, and earrings based on the same designs.
I have lived in many parts of the US (from Kansas to Texas, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico and most recently Portland, Oregon ). I have finally found my home in Oakland, California where I enjoy the sun and gentle bay breezes.”