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Robbie Ftizpatrick

Artist Biography

It has been a road of many curves and corners that has led me to watercolor. Along those bends, I kept turning to art…

 

For most of my life, I thought myself a writer.  As a child, I’d wished I could draw, but I knew I could write…so I wrote.  A sixth-grade teacher stayed after school to help some of us learn to draw horses; the junior high school Creative Writing Club asked me to do the illustrations for our anthology.  A visit by a hurricane, that kept me ensconced in my townhouse working through the exercises of a book entitled Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, started the wheels really turning.

Much later, after achieving a B.A. in English and Speech Education, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Houston, and finally a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M, I moved into the art world through the venue of pottery.  Something about wet mud was mesmerizing, but more so was the enjoyment of painting on green ware, and waiting for the pictures to emerge from the kiln.

 

With a “small” nudge from my husband, I re-considered the direction of my art.  Hmm….there ensued a torrent of pencil drawings.  Still, wanting more  and loving color, I reached  for watercolor pigment, and the simplicity of black and white was transformed into the transparent colors of watercolor.

 

Eventually, I entered some drawings and a couple of watercolors in an area art show.  I won a first and third.  After a year or so of studying books, I took my first formal lesson at the Houston Art League.  There, I confirmed that I most enjoy the detail, and life, of Realism.

 

I heard of teachers who taught realism, and I saw their work.  I showed up for class, and I have been learning and growing ever since, studying hard with the 2 Collaborating Artists, Keiko Yasuoka and Duncan Simmons.  The journey took off!!

 

I’ll never forget earning my first higher-level award, a Merchandise Award from the Watercolor Art Society-Houston Membership Exhibit.   That success grew and  continues to grow.   Every achievement motivates me to improve, grow, learn.

 

It seems I’ve been working to this point all my life.   However I got here, I’m happy I traveled this road!

 

 

Watercolour is probably the most satisfying of all mediums. Although difficult in the beginning,
after practice its mysteries will unfold, providing the utmost pleasure for the dedicated. (Robert Lovett)

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