About the Artist

Artist Statement

Natures palette offers a range of wild intensity to subdued tranquility. I am attentive to the environment and surroundings, finding artistic inspiration, meditation, and structure in the impressionistic patterns that exist in the natural world. I paint primarily with watercolor, pastel, and encaustic, and love exploring new combinations using traditional and non-traditional materials. Pure colors meshed with organic shapes and form allows me to create visual energy on a flat surface. 

 

me at easel

Biography

Robin Samiljan grew up on the North Shore of Chicago, and shortly after graduating from Vanderbilt University moved her home to the North Shore of Boston. The regional beauty of the New England landscape immediately captured her attention while she re-created nature’s gifts by way of visual art. As a life-long learner, Samiljan studied watercolor painting with local artist Nordia Kay and Vermont artist Jeanne Carbonetti. She joined various art organizations, and after several years of participating in the arts community became president of the Swampscott Arts Association.

Samiljan transformed the organization during her five-year presidency and was instrumental in developing an online presence to promote the association’s shows and events. She was an active board member at the Marblehead Arts Association and also became head of their art committee. Montserrat College of Art invited her to teach watercolor painting in 2006 as part of the continuing education program, and her classes ran until her move back to Chicago in 2013.

She attended graduate school as a mid-career artist in 2008. It was during the studio residency portion of the Master of Education curriculum at Endicott College when she explored encaustic painting. Her work began to take on new depth in multiple art mediums. She then attended encaustic workshops taught by Tracy Spadafora at the 4th International Encaustic Conference, Laura Moriarty at the Truro Center for the Arts, the "Art and Soul Journey" with Kathryn Bevier and Lora Murphy at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, and encaustic collagraph techniques taught by Jeff Hirst in Chicago.

Encaustic painting combines beeswax mixed with pigment and resin, melted and applied to a surface that is then fused with heat. Sculptural qualities achieved using wax have become a welcome addition to her impressionistic paintings. More recently, Samiljan attended pastel workshops taught by Casey Klahn in Fall 2019 followed by weekly classes with local artist Ken Minami. She continues to explore soft pastel, using heavily saturated pigments on papers and boards, sometimes combining them with watercolor or encaustic.

After twenty-five years living in New England, Samiljan moved back to her home town of Chicago and has found new inspiration developing a patronage in the Midwest and beyond. She is currently teaching weekly classes and workshops at the Evanston Art Center and in Winnetka at the North Shore Art League. Samiljan also maintains representation at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and can be found exhibiting in local, seasonal art festivals.

News & Press

Summer issue, volume 38

COVID 19: Staying at home, working at home...

The Copley Society of Art is proud to present Miniature Moments, a solo show of encaustic works by Robin Samiljan.

Evanston artist Robin Samiljan’s work will travel all the way to downtown Boston.

Our featured artist,  Robin Samiljan, is one of the new artists included in the Chicago Art Source Gallery Winter Show  

Summer issue, 2013

It’s difficult to decide what to show when you have so much accumulated artwork, especially if you’re Robin Samiljan...

Tranquility and peace permeates the watercolor paintings of Swampscott artist Robin Samiljan...

It's close to midnight, maybe just a few minutes before, and Robin Samiljan is standing in her backyard, surrounded by vibrant plants and trees...

Local watercolorist Robin Samiljan merges art with poetry in her new work.

Prints

"Inspiration for 'A Year of the Full Moon' came each month when the moon was full. After viewing the moon I painted the way it made me feel rather than what I actually saw."