Inside every woman is a superhero. To celebrate this, we are amplifying our artist community and giving you an inside look into their creative processes. We’re highlighting photographers, directors, sculptors, painters, and so many other creatives to show you how they wear The Artist while creating their work.
We sat down with Ronni Robinson, floral relief artist, to learn more about her process and what it means to her to be an artist.
What type of art medium do you work with?
I’m a floral relief artist working in plaster and paper mediums.
What does it mean to you to be an artist?
To be an artist is to let your creative outlet run wild! It's the truest form to express yourself and unlock whatever vision is bubbling in your head and let it take form.
How long have you been doing this?
Ron Nicole was started in 2016, although I’ve been playing with flowers my entire life.
What has your art taught you?
My art has taught me the joy of failing. I’m not discouraged by the idea of failing so I’m free to be creative. Don’t allow the fear of failure prevent you from trying something new. Embrace the failure — it’s the only way you’ll learn and get better. I wouldn’t be here without failing over and over again.
What is the same about your art since you started, and what has evolved?
The subject matter and mediums have remained largely the same. Nearly everything else has changed. I’ve modified and in some cases completely changed my processes too many times to count. It’s crazy. I look back at how I started and where I am now and it’s almost hard to believe.
Where did your creative interest stem from?
I’ve always been interested in both art and flowers. As a child I used to pick dandelions growing up from the cracks in the sidewalk and press them into bibles. I was always an artistic kid. It was my escape. Later on I studied graphic design in college. I had a very corporate job in my 20s which managed to suck most of the fun and passion out of making art for me. It was a long time before I attempted to make anything again. A chance encounter with a large bronze relief at the Barnes Foundation about 7 years ago was the start of this next chapter of my life. I was truly inspired by a small flower I saw in the corner of that relief. I was fascinated by how much detail it had. I wanted to figure out how to do something like that. I started studying plaster and paper. I thought about this business for a long time — about a year — before even attempting my first piece.
What do you want to share with your art?
I want people to slow down. Most of us walk around all day with our faces buried in our phones and are constantly distracted by emails, texts, dms, and on and on. I hope that people learn to slow down and be present. My artwork is subtle. I use muted tones and work with flowers and botanicals. Although you can enjoy it from across a room, you really have to slow down and get up close to appreciate the detail.
What inspires you the most?
Nature is where I draw most of my inspiration. I am endlessly fascinated by flowers, plants, animals and sometimes even the weather. There is beauty everywhere. My current project was inspired by something I saw literally right out my front door — swarms of American Robins crazily eating all the berries from a Holly tree. I swear it looked like a feeding frenzy of sharks!
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“Don’t allow the fear of failure prevent you from trying something new.”