Robin Washburn



My forms are influenced by nature and architecture and are derived from my desire to experiment with geometric shapes, texture and color and how these elements relate to and contrast with each other. I’ve never found an individual material that I’m happy working with exclusively. Combining materials is what I find exciting. I like the strength and durability of metal. Starting with steel, brass, copper and bronze alone or in combination thru brazing, welding, soldering and other techniques of fabrication I create a form. Utilizing these with colored concrete, corian, wood, stone and glass to enhance the overall properties of each is the intriguing challenge. By adding other materials to metal it softens it and provides contrasting color, warmth, texture and sensuality. And by combining different metals the range of color and texture achievable thru patinas is greatly extended. I use chemicals to make hot and cold patinas, employing immersion, wrapped, buried and torch techniques.

2009 SHOWS

  • March 14-15 ~ Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea, Jupiter, FL
  • June 13-14 ~ Old Town, Chicago,  IL
  • June 26-28 ~ Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines,  IA
  • July 15-18 ~ Ann Arbor Original Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Bollman, Lesser, & McGlynn Attorneys, Lake Forrest, IL
    • Bon-Ell Mfg., Chicago, IL
    • Chevy's Fresh Mex Corporate, St. Charles, MO
    • IMA Financial, Witchita, KS
    • Jost Chemical, St. Louis, MO,
    • The DEA
    • General Tire Corporation, Mt. Vernon, IL
    • Willow Partners Consulting, LLC, Chicago, IL
    • Periodontics, LTD, St. Louis, MO


    • Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show ~ Best of Metal, November 2008
    • Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA ~ Best in Metal, June 2008.
    • Bonita Springs Art Fair, Bonita Springs, FL ~ Award of Distinction, March, 2007
    • Bonita Springs Art Fair, Bonita Springs, FL ~ Best of Show 2007
    • Bonita Springs Art Fair, Bonita Springs, FL ~ Award of Merit, 2004; Best of 3-D, 2005
    • Summerfair, Cincinnati, OH ~ Third Place in Metal/Sculpture 2005 & 2008
    • Art on the Square, Belleville, IL ~ Best of Sculpture 2005
    • Port Clinton Art Fair, Highland Park, IL ~ 1st Place Award 3-DNF 1997
    • CWE Art Fair, St. Louis, MO ~ Award Winner 1998
    • Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA ~ 2nd Place Award
    • Artists of Southern Illinois ~ Best of Fine Craft 1995, Merit Award 1994
Marion, IL
Home: 618-964-1217


“Red On Blue”
36" x 23" x 3"

32" x 22.5"

“Monet's Garden” (detail)
48" x 35"

“East Meets West”
48" x 30"

All images exhibited at this World Wide Web site are for public viewing only. No reproduction rights are granted, licensed or sanctioned in any form or manner and are hereby exclusively reserved by the artist.