Greetings! I'm Robynne and I am a self-taught visual artist currently based in the Washington DC area. I do photography and painting under the moniker, BLUEROBYNNE. I was born and spent some of my childhood in Jamaica, so I am shaped by Caribbean culture. Having also traveled to countries in Southeast Asia, I am drawn to the vibrant art, fabrics and architecture of that region. My formal education is in the areas of advertising, marketing, graphic design and business. Please browse my artist statement below and my work featured on this site to get a sense of my photography and painting style.
I work primarily with acrylics. My work centers around portraits and figurative paintings of the African diaspora, particularly black women. My art is heavily influenced by concepts of black identity that meet at the intersection of afrofuturism, womanism, and the celebration of melanin. Hair, statement jewelry and fabric textures are prominent aspects of my art and I often feature black women with afro-textured hairstyles and gold embellishments. I use deep hues of blue, rich gold, and vibrant whites to create pieces that are dark and moody, yet striking. Most of my pieces take on new life in darker settings when the gold elements catch the light, as if they are illuminated by the sun and moon in a night sky.
I am currently working on a series of paintings I am calling "Celestial Bodies: Stargazing at the Black Feminine". As the name suggests, these pieces are my personal celebration of what being a magical black woman means. In all of the pieces, the women I feature are purposely not smiling - not because they are unhappy, but because they are unbothered, and simply enough as they are. It is my goal to continue to capture the divine feminine essence of the black woman in my work.
In my photography, I love to play up the relationships I see between light and dark, monochrome and color, subject and mood. I love capturing the drama, emotion and beauty of life and love through various portraits of people in studio, natural and urban settings. Portrait sessions I do include model books, couples, maternity, and boudoir.
My love of photography first emerged in 2001 during my career as a graphic designer. I worked directly with photographers for five years while art directing photo shoots for the various marketing projects and publications I worked on during that time. Digital photography was just beginning to surpass film as the industry standard at that time, and as a result I had the opportunity to observe and appreciate photographers working with both film and digital images. I started capturing my own images in 2006 when I purchased my first DSLR camera - and I haven't put the camera down since then! I continue to enjoy the journey of expressing my creativity through still images. If you're in the market for creative portraits, I'd love to work with you.