artist posing for a photo with the portrait of her son
Artist in her studio with a portrait of her son Wyatt.© Franco Vogt Photography

How did you get started and then develop your career?
Nadine Robbins: After growing frustrated with the graphic design business, I returned to my first love, painting portraits. Over two years, I decided to establish myself by creating a solo show of eight 6’x4′ paintings of couples I knew. The main goal was to explore and see if I still loved portraiture afterward. I did. To begin to market my art, I entered the Royal Portrait Society’s annual non-member exhibit and got in. The same happened the following year. I was smitten. Since then, I’ve received invaluable advice from professionals, gallery directors, mentors, and friends. I recently started painting more commissions while I begin work on a new large-scale project.

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oil painting of realistic human face of a man with scruff on his chin and surrounding lips. Red background color
Nadine Robbins, “Wyatt,” oil on linen, 2021, 24 x 24 in. This is a portrait painting of my son when he realized he knew that microbiology was what his career would be courtesy of a fantastic college professor.
oil painting of a realistic face of a woman with her eyebrows narrowed, and eyes locked on the viewer. Wearing long flow-y earrings. Red background
Nadine Robbins, “Just Try and Stop Me,” oil on linen, 2022, 24 x 24 in. This is a portrait painting of a woman who was angry when her father wouldn’t financially support her business idea but supported her brother because he was a man.


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