Emily Kane Alexander Robinson
About Emily Kane Robinson

Each of my paintings begins as a voyage into the unknown. The adventure is to find a way to express in pigment the elusive effects of light in the air, movement on the water, or the unique energy of a particular day. Sometimes the adventure is simply playing with the paint until it feels right.

During the last few years I have been exploring the medium of oil bars on gessoed paper and canvas. This medium has taken me to new places beyond the plein air tradition of capturing a scene on location. Now my paintings often begin in the studio, supported by photos, field sketches, memories and ideas. I love the texture, marks, and interweaving of colors and strokes possible with oil bars. I have always been fond of the gestural marks made by an artist, seeing where the hand has been, an intimate trail of energy and intention.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised mostly in Virginia, K Robinson studied fine arts in college, earned a M. Arch, and practiced architecture for many years in Washington, DC. before moving to California in 1993. While in the Bay Area she reconnected with painting and ventured into two new genres—plein air landscape oil painting and botanical watercolors. In 2003, she and her family relocated to Seattle, where she continued studying and painting at Gage Academy of Art under the mentorships of Mitch Albala, Margaret Davidson, and Tom Hoffmann. In 2008, she became a member of the 49th Street Studio in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Influenced by over thirty years of sailing and living on the water, she continues to draw inspiration from the constantly changing coastlines, luminous skies, and endless waterways of the Pacific Northwest.

2012— Juried member of Women Painters of Washington
2012— Artist Trust
2008— Member of 49th Street Studio, Seattle, WA
2003-08 Gage Academy (formerly Seattle Academy of Fine Art), Seattle, WA
2003-06 Member of Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists
2001-03 Member of The Glover Group, Orinda, CA
1977 Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1973 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Cum Laude), College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2012— Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Columbia Ctr, Seattle, WA
2011— Beach Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
2010— Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery, a non-profit gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2017 The Prince Street Gallery, "Women Artists Coast to Coast: East ", New York, NY (Feb – Mar)
2016 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "BIG" (July – Sept)
2016 Confluence Gallery & Art Center, "Back to the Garden" Twisp, WA (June – July)
2016 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Abstract Marks" (January – April)
2016 Bellevue Arts Museum Community Education Gallery – "Women's Work", Bellevue, WA (January – April)
2015 Confluence Gallery & Art Center, "After the Wildfire: Rebuilding and Recovery" Twisp, WA (Sept – Dec)
2015 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Radiance" (June – September)
2015 Women Painters of Washington Juried Show, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes,WA (June – August)
2015 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "BLACK & WHITE +one" (March – May)
2015 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – " Visual Voices " Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA (January – February)
2014 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Harmony, members show" (June - Sept)
2014 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Atmosphere" (Dec - Feb)
2013 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Finale" (Sept - Nov)
2013 Polaris Global Mobility, Seattle WA – "Selected works from Evanescence and Color of Light series" (May - July)
2013 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Illumination" (June - Aug)
2013 Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds WA – "Juried Gallery" (June )
2012-13 Women Painters of Washington – "Traveling Show"
2012 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Insights" (July - Oct)
2012 Women Painters of Washington Gallery – "Encounters" (April - July)
2012 Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood WA – Juried Group Show (Jan - June)
2012 Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle WA – Juried Landscape Show (Feb- Mar)
2011 Lila Yoga Studio, Seattle WA – Solo show of botanical paintings

The Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum presents
"Paintings by K Robinson", solo show, Francis Anderson Center, Edmonds WA
2010 Gage Academy Alumni Show, Seattle WA

Made in Montlake Art Show, Seattle
Gage Academy Alumni Show, Seattle WA

Gage Academy – Rosen Gallery solo show "The Color of Light"
Gage Academy – Annual Student Show
Madison Valley Art Walk, Seattle WA

Laurelhurst Community Center – "Holiday on Earth" Art Show, Seattle WA
Gage Academy – Annual Student Show: Pen & Ink, Pastel, and Watercolor Show; Plein Air Show

"The Beauty of Botany," international juried exhibition of botanical paintings, at Pacific Science Center, Seattle WA
Gage Academy – Annual Student Show
Madison Valley Art Walk,
Gage Academy – Landscape Invitational, curated by Mitch Albala
Santosha Yoga Studio, Seattle WA– solo show of botanical paintings

Seattle Academy of Fine Art – Annual Student Show; Small Works Show
Center for Urban Horticulture, "Contemporary Botanical Art of the Pacific Northwest,"
a juried exhibition in honor of the grand opening of Merrill Hall, University of Washington

Solo show "California Plein Air" at 2000 First Avenue, Seattle WA,June –July
Seattle Academy of Fine Art – Annual Student Show – Third Prize in "Other" category
Seattle Academy of Fine Art – Works on Paper Invitational, curated by Margaret Davidson

Orinda Library Gallery, "The Glover Group: A Plein Air Painting Exhibition," Orinda, CA
Art Show benefit for "Preserve Lamorinda Open Space," Moraga, CA

Epperson Gallery, "Our Impressions: The Glover Group Show," Crockett, CA
Epperson Gallery, "Celebrate the Bridge" group show, Crockett, CA
Lamorinda Arts Alliance, group show at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA
Lamorinda Arts Alliance, "Open Studios 2002"
Orinda Library Gallery, "The Glover Group Show," Orinda, CA
Little Valley Vineyard, Glover Group Show, Sunol , CA
About Emily Kane Robinson