#PowerArtists Interview with Multimedia Painter, Robin Pedrero

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Welcome to the #PowerArtist Series of interviews. Each week, FineArtTips.com highlights an inspirational artist who deftly juggles his or her creating, art business and social media skills. Robin Maria Pedrero is doing just that. She is talented artist with a strong social media following. I met Robin on Twitter and have become a fan of her rhythmic and translucent multimedia paintings of nature. Her work makes me happy…

“PowerArtists are the social media ‘rockstars’ of the art world! Not only are they talented creatives, but they understand how to harness the power of social media and use it to promote their art careers. #PowerArtists are inspiring and freely share their knowledge with others.”

robin pedrero headshotRobin Maria Pedrero is an American artist listed in Florida International Magazine’s 2009, Florida Artists Hall of Fame. As an award winning artist and elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America her work is in galleries, museum permanent collection, film, and collections worldwide.

Pedrero’s art is a visual journey, where she captures the spirit and energy of life in rhythmic colors. She responds to what catches her eyes and heart personifying nature, evoking moods of transition, joy and serenity.

1. Describe a typical day in the life of a #PowerArtist.

My day begins somewhere between 5 and 7am. I exercise then usually get right to work on the business aspects of my art:

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  • I turn on my computer, check my calendar, respond to emails, Facebook and twitter from my studio or with TV on in living room.
  • I tackle my to do’s which vary according to events and commitments; packaging, shipping, marketing, interviews, graphic design, blogging, Etsy, website, preparation, creating and of course schlepping.
  • I prefer to paint in natural light, with northern and western windows in my home studio so I create any time from 7 am to 8 pm.
  • I play an eclectic mix of music on my ipod shuffle and I dance with paint.
  • When the Florida weather is cool I open the windows.
  • I work in my home studio and when working on a series of very large canvases I’ve been known to take over the house, our screened in porch and the yard as well.

2. Give an example of how you use social media to promote your art career.

I enjoy the interaction of communicating with my art collectors, friends and fans via social network media, it’s like bringing them into the studio and process with me as I create yet at my whim and uninterrupted. Throughout painting and my activities I share in progress photos, tutorials and inspirations on Twitter, Facebook and my blog. I share quite a bit.

artist painting studio

An artist’s lifestyle can be pretty solitary in the studio and social networking enables me to work all day yet communicate with the “outside world”. I have expanded my territory and sphere of influence via social network media garnishing new venues, art collectors, friends, and invaluable opportunities.

3. If you could meet any artist: past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

One? As I contemplate who to choose the contradictions in my selections vary in respect to art created, business savvy and attraction to thought process. Picasso who reconstructed not only art but art business with diversity of mediums, and distinctive styles is the first to pop into my mind. Yet my feminist side wants to pluck that initial answer and go fly to the Venice Biennale to meet Yoko, while on the way I dream of Monet, Cassatt, Michelangelo, Dali, Bouguereau, Calder, and Kushner. I especially admire the tenacity and artwork of women artists like Nevelson, Neel and O’Keeffe who paved the way for today’s women artists.

"Continuum" ©2011 Robin Pedrero

4. If your art could be displayed anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The Met. It’s the MET!

5. What sage advice would you give an artist who is just starting out in his/her career?

Enjoy what you do. Make art. Stay skilled. Document and back up; art, collectors, experience. Use the best quality supplies. Educate yourself continually; find mentors, experiment, read, study, and work hard.

"Pink Poppies in Paradise" ©Robin Pedrero

6. As a #PowerArtist, what do you do to ‘give back’ or ‘pay it forward’ to your community.

I mentor and teach from morning till evening with individuals working in art and business one day each week. I donate 10% of my earnings to charity. I participate in fundraisers for both arts related entities and other causes like the Norway Library fundraiser and The Museum for Florida Artists. My heart goes out to those who are caught in the horrific acts of human trafficking and I donate to various organizations who take action to help victims.

I also believe that my art makes a difference, that it brings joy and nurtures those who are attracted to it.

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My gratitude goes out to Robin for sharing her magical art and inspirational #PowerArtist story with us here. Like I stated above, Robin’s artwork makes me happy, and we can all use a little bit of extra happiness these days! Be sure and check out Robin’s websites and social media links below. She would love to meet you there…

http://www.gallery523.com/

http://www.youtube.com/rmpastel

http://twitter.com/robinpedrero

http://www.pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com/

http://artist.to/robinmariapedrero/

http://www.facebook.com/robin.pedrero

If you found this post interesting, please be sure and check out these other great articles:

#PowerArtists Interview with Maritime Painter, Annie Strack

#PowerArtists Interview with Painter and Sculptor, Robert Girandola

Announcing the First #PowerArtists for Excellence in the Arts & Social Media

Why Artists Should use Youtube Video Marketing

10 Important Things Every Aspiring Artist Should Know: Part 1

10 Important Things Every Aspiring Artist Should Know: Part 2

5 Reasons Why Artists Need Social Media & Eye Opening Stats to Back it Up!

Newsletter Art Marketing Tips that Work!

The Importance of Value and Tone in Painting

PS. Let’s meet on Facebook and Twitter!

PSS. If you think you know a #PowerArtist, please let me know in the comment section – thanks so much! ~Lori

68 Comments

  1. Robin Maria Pedrero March 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Dear Lori,

    I am filled with gratitude. Thank you for sharing my story and the Power Artist Series. We all appreciate you and your encouragement as you share tools for success. I am very pleased to be one of your featured Power Artists.

    Best Wishes,
    Robin

  2. jamie March 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I am a long time admirer of Robin’s work. It exudes positivity in both color choice and content. Thanks for featuring her and giving us a peek into her world!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Hello Jamie and thanks for the comment. I totally agree with you about Robin’s art. It is joyful and a feast for the eyes. It is fun getting to know our artist friends from Twitter and Facebook, I am glad you enjoyed this interview.

      Cheers-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 3:58 am

      Jaime,
      It is one of my goals to communicate positve aspects and your affirmation is encouraging.
      Thank you,
      Robin

  3. Rita W March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Robin rocks! I love her pieces!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

      She does ROCK! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Rita,
      You are a roll!
      Luv ya Thnaks!!!

  4. Enzie Shahmiri March 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I have enjoyed the work of this fellow artist for many years now. As someone who uses social media on a daily basis I constantly see Robin’s efforts to represent herself and her art. It also give me such pleasure to see a fellow talented artist be recognized for the wonderful work she does. Thanks you Robin for sharing about yourself and your lovely work!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Enzie-

      I am grateful you enjoyed and are inspired by this interview. Robin’s work lights up this blog post, it is fun to share her story!

      Best-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:02 am

      Enzie,

      I do just that! I place a lot of effort into expanding my territory online and on land. Thank you for following me and cheering me on. I appreciate you!!

      Robin

  5. Judy March 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m delighted to have “met” Robin on Twitter and have always admired her original and unique work. I love that she shares her art in ways that anyone can afford, from a cupto a tote bag–all imprinted with her art–and, of course, prints, too.

    Lori, your interview and article have provided a great read about a wonderful artist. Thank you! –Judy (aka twitter.com/WSCreations)

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Judy, I am delighted to share Robin’s story with you all. It is an honor to ‘know’ so many talented individuals via social media. I am thrilled that this series is being so well received!

      Best-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:04 am

      Judy,

      It’s been amazing to me how wonderful the response has been to my work on fine art bags, mugs and other items. I think you are right they do provide another priceline as well as a product for someone who may not be in the market for wall art. Thank you for your patronage!

      Robin

  6. SewDanish March 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article and for highlighting Robin and her high quality art. It is SO well deserved. I’m the proud and happy owner of some of her smaller pieces of art, which I absolutely love 🙂 Birgitte

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      You lucky person! I would like to own a ‘Robin’ one day too. Thanks for enjoying and commenting.

      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:06 am

      Birgitte,
      And the feeling is mutual ..as I adore your work! Thank you for loving mine! It means the world to me that they brighten your space!
      Robin

  7. Bridget March 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love Robin’s work. Looking at her art just makes me happy. A great articles and it was interesting to find out more about Robin as a person.

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you for letting me know you are enjoying the articles. Robin was a fun interview.

      Best-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:08 am

      Bridget,

      My mission is fulfilled! Making people happy with my art is my greatest desire. I am glad you enjoy my work. Thank you!

      Robin

  8. Janet Bocciardi March 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Robin for awhile now and am so thrilled to see such a great interview of her. The photos really bring her process and spirit to life for me. Thank you!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Oh good! I am glad you enjoyed this interview as much as I did…

      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:10 am

      Janet,

      Visual imagery speaks volumes doesn’t it? Thank you for enjoying what I have to share.

      Robin

  9. Linda Reynolds March 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Robin’s colors and creativity always delight me. Not only is she an amazingly talented artist, but she’s a wonderful mentor, too. I know she belongs to several groups that she works with and is always very generous with her time, advice and encouragement. I love looking at her work. A fondest wish is to own one someday!

    Many thanks for your feature on Robin and her art…it’s inspiring.

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Linda-

      Someday, I would like to have one of Robin’s works in my bedroom. What a happy way to start my day!

      Cheers-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:13 am

      Linda,

      Mentoring is dear to my heart. If I can make a difference is someone’s life by sharing what and how I make art and do business then I am glad to do so. Oh and I see you are a potential Pedrero collector; I look forward to seeing which piece tugs on your heart strings and becomes your own.

      Best Wishes,

      Robin

  10. Patricia C Vener March 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Short but informative and compelling interview says a lot about Robin the person as well as the artist.

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Good things come in small packages, that’s how I feel about this interview…it left me wanting more.

      Thanks for visiting, Patricia-
      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:15 am

      Patricia,

      Ha ha ha .. short ..ohh dear, I tried to be concise! I could go on and on…I am glad you enjoyed the interview.

      Robin

  11. Robin Koehler March 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Wonderful interview and having met Robin, it is so great to see her art and lovliness being shared even more with the world. The power of giving is very evident in Robin’s work and success. Way to go Robin–Power On!!!
    R

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      I also hope to meet Robin P. in person one day. It is refreshing to she such joyous art being expressed.

      Thank you-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:20 am

      Robin,

      I am glad you took me up on my offer for a local “tour” when you came to visit Orlando. It was truly such a pleasure to spend the day with you at art venues and gardens. We got some great photos too!

      Best Wishes,
      Robin

  12. Mary Vargas March 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    This is Beautiful! Lori, Thank You, Robin has always had my admiration and respect since we met in twitter, This beauty of a human always so positive, bringing more joy to my Mornings!, But to me it has become more than that, a mentor. Glad we can now, learn more about her and her works, it was worth the stay.

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      I am to happy to know you liked this article and your visit here on FineArtTips.com. I will look for you on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by.

      Lori 🙂

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Hello Mary-

      I love how Robin is bringing you happiness to your mornings! What a wonderful thought. I am glad you enjoyed this interview. Thanks so much for the comment.

      Regards-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:17 am

      Mary,

      Well I have to start off by saying I will never forget the day I met you on twitter. You told me I should really be following you. So I took a peek at your posts and thought yes, and I did. I enjoy your sunshine and I am delighted you invited me into your world.

      Best Wishes,
      Robin

  13. Karyna {Paper Squid} March 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I really enjoyed this interview. I love the work and seeing the space where Robin works and that studio photo gives me a great idea of the size of her pieces, beautiful!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Karyna-

      I am glad you enjoyed the interview. I wish I could jump through that image of Robin painting and visit her studio too. It looks like a happy place.

      Best-
      Lori

      • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:23 am

        Lori,

        It would be like that movie What Dreams May Come..where we would be dripping with paint!

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Karyna,

      I am glad you said that. You and a few others have mentioned how they like to see my art in relation to a room or with me working on it. I will try to provide more of those images in my blog and facebook pages. Thank you!

      Robin

  14. Karen Terry/McDuffie March 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Robin is such a beautiful person! I would love to sit in the corner of her mind while she is creating! She is an Artistic Genius! Thank you Lori for featuring Robin.

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for the nice comment, Karen. I would love to visit Robin’s studio and watch her paint.

      Cheers-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:26 am

      Karen,

      The corner of my mind huh? Hmm Well while you are there I will adorn you with jewels and other fancy things in childlike play, and serve you tea, and we will dance and sing. Then I will paint. psst..that’s how my mind thinks.. and that’s what I do.

      Thank you!
      Robin

  15. Brenda Thour March 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Wonderful interview. I love Robin’s work, it’s so fresh and inspiring!

    • Lori McNee March 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      I totally agree with you, Brenda. Nice to meet you here.

      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 3, 2011 at 4:28 am

      Brenda,

      I am very glad you found the interview inspirational. I appreciate your comment.

      Best Wishes,

      Robin

  16. Linda B March 3, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Robin’s work is terrific. Thanks for sharing it with us. I met her on Twitter.

    Linda B.

    • Lori McNee March 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      You are welcome, Linda. I met Robin of Twitter too. 🙂

      Best-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 4:32 am

      Linda,

      Thanks for stopping by to read the interview! So glad you did!
      Robin

  17. Crochetgal March 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

    What an inspirational article. I always enjoy reading the backstory behind the various artists.

    • Lori McNee March 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      This is why I love to spotlight the talented artists who I meet on Twitter and Facebook. I am glad you enjoyed it!

      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 4:33 am

      I am thrilled that Lori has presented this series. I am amidst a very talented and diverse group. There will be more interviews posted in upcoming weeks.

      Robin

  18. Tracy March 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Robin’s work is GORGEOUS! She is an inspiration to all!!

    • Lori McNee March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Tracy-

      I agree! Her colors are luscious and I love the subject matter…

      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 4:34 am

      Tracy,

      Your comment makes me smile! I am inspired by all of you!

      Robin

  19. Abbe Arenson March 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Robin is an inspiration for how she fits the puzzle pieces of her day together so tightly —
    a multi-tasker extraordinaire all while remaining so true to her dedication of
    bringing the world beautiful art while caring so much for others.
    Glad to say I know her and look at her genuine enthusiasm and love for painting and her ‘job’ and only wish to accomplish a third as much in a day! Go Robin Go !

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 4:52 am

      Abbe,

      How kind of you, I am touched by your response. Yes I do care about people and value relationships. My daily dedication to my art and career is sometimes even beyond my comprehension as perseverence and faith lead me. Thanks for the cheers, it’s a pleasure to have you in my “tribe”. Thank you for asking me to exhibit with you at the University Club, our exhibit looks great!
      (she says typing with one hand, painting with the other while petting the dog with her foot, and standig on a ball *wink)
      Robin

  20. Terry Hope March 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Robin,

    I love the questions Lori asked you. Your answers help me visualize… for instance, your work at the MET! What an honor to be interviewed by Lori McNee, I have her advice for a powerful portfolio bookmarked on my Mac; she contribute some great ideas to the art community. All this makes me feel even happier that I own something of your work!

    Terry

    • Lori McNee March 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Hello Terry,

      It is good to know that you like the #PowerArtists questions. I did my best to ask questions that would elicit helpful answers for my readers. I am grateful to hear you enjoyed the interview! Thank you for the nice words too…

      My best-
      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 4:56 am

      Terry,

      Keep that vision for me! If enough of us visualize my work at the Met perhaps the decison makers will too someday! Dreams are good! I too have follwed Lori via meeting her on twitter and I am just amazed at all she does, in admiration of her as she is an accomplished artist and quite a source of information, and generous!

      I am glad you are in my circle of art collectors!
      Robin

  21. tamara garvey March 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Love this background into Robin’s workday and how well she structures her time! It’s so easy to let computer stuff take over and not actually devote enough time to MAKING your work. Love the photo of her amongst her canvases too. Congrats on your success Robin – your work is so exciting and fun!

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Tamara!! I appreciate the compliments from another savvy artist such as yourself Thanks!

  22. aquariann March 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Great feature! Robin is amazing. Her use of color is wondrously whimsical.

    • Lori McNee March 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      The whimsical feeling is captured by all the layering and depth Robin gives her paintings. I would love to see them in person someday.

      Thanks so much for stopping by this blog-
      Lori 🙂

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 7, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Thanks! I just love whimsy!!

  23. Trudy Miller aka Momma Goddess March 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Robin is one of my favorite artists. I smile every time I look at one of her pieces. My friends and family are all so happy when I give them one of her prints. Keep up the good work, Robin!

    • Lori McNee March 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Hello Trudy,

      Robin sure seems to have a great fan club! Thanks for taking time to comment. I really am a fan of her paintings too.

      Best-
      Lori

    • Robin Maria Pedrero March 7, 2011 at 5:30 am

      Thank you Trudy!! I am so pleased you use my shop for gifts for friends and family. And yes I will continue to offer free gift wrapping..it’s my pleasure!

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