We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, what makes you most proud of the business you’ve built?
As an artist, starting my own business pretty much came naturally. I don’t even believe I thought about it much at all before I did it. One thing that I love about being an entrepreneur is that I am totally in control of everything I do, which for me alleviates a LOT of stress that comes from trying to work in a corporate or managed environment. I am pretty much of a loner, so it works very well for me. That being said, I do share the profits in the form of commissions with a couple of galleries who I have a very good relationship with, and that works out just fine. It’s simple, easy and uncomplicated. That’s really what I look for in all aspects of my life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I really can’t say what sets me apart. That might be something others can see, but I’m excited every day to paint because it’s a lifelong journey for me, something I never feel like I will ever fully master and that’s a big part of why I keep doing it. Professionally I don’t have the foggiest idea. None of it is easy. It’s a struggle every day. The challenge is to stay fresh and that can be difficult at times, but I have developed a pretty good work ethic and that is how I keep the momentum, regardless of anything else that is going on. I just paint what I enjoy and that can be all over the map really. I haven’t tried to purposely brand myself. People tell me everything I paint has some kind of strong emotion to it and that makes me happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would head down to Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale because there is a great little Mexican place El Camino for Happy Hour that serves up the best $2 Tacos and Margaritas. Depending on what day it is, Wednesday night I would head over to the Blues Jam at Kelly’s Irish Pub on Oakland Park & Federal or if it’s a Sunday over to FishTales on 33rd Street and A1A to see Outrage Band play some sets maybe. If I wanted to have a romantic dinner with drinks and sushi, I would go to the Beach House overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Barry Gross, my art mentor, I call him my guru. He’s helped me tremendously with my painting and is a great friend. Also Toby Gotesman Schneier, who is a painter and a great friend of mine, she’s so talented and is headed for great things, I am so proud of her.