Strong and Elegant
Williamson was the Third Prize winner of International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 106, People & Figures.
Robin Williamson’s artwork is done in a painterly realistic style that allows viewers to see the details as well as the elements that make it identifiable as a painting. However, she does enjoy “fooling” people who look at the work into thinking it’s a photograph at first glance. “Someone once said, if it can be said with a photo, why do we need a painting? I want to say more than a photo can—to give the subject its full view and potential,” she says. Another characteristic of Williamson’s artwork is the dramatic lighting effects, or chiaroscuro, that are reminiscent of the Renaissance painters.
Her latest series of paintings combines two of her great loves: art and dance. During her youth, Williamson was a dancer herself, giving the artwork a personal impact. She say, “I am currently working on a series of paintings featuring artists of the world-renowned Houston Ballet. I want to do this series because I want to depict the dancers as the professional athletes that they are. Yes, they are graceful and elegant, but they are also strong and athletic; qualities that most people don’t consider when they think of ballet dancers.”
Among her works of the dancers are In the Spotlight and Holding Onto a Dream, which both highlight the musculature and beauty of the dancers. Of the latter work, which shows the pair posed in an embrace, Williamson says, “The couple in this painting is actually married and nearing retirement. As he holds onto the woman of his dreams, they reflect on fulfilling their dream of becoming professional dancers.”
In The Spotlight, oil, 12 x 16". This painting received the Third Prize in International Artist’s Challenge No. 106, People & Figures.2Holding Onto a Dream, oil,30 x 24"3Robin Williamson in her studio.