I Am Tra­di­tional

Don­ald Robert­son Artist, In­sta­gram­mer, fa­ther of five, cre­ative direc­tor at Es­tee Lauder


Artist + Es­tee Lauder cre­ative Don­ald Robert­son.

Life is art I grew up in the sub­urbs in Canada and knew I was just bid­ing my time wait­ing to live this life I had planned out in my head. My par­ents bought me art sup­plies for my birth­day, and that was it for the year. I would draw with a pen on the back of ex­pired in­sur­ance pol­icy pa­per­work from my dad’s of­fice. I dropped out of art col­lege be­cause my in­struc­tors ac­cused me of be­ing too com­mer­cial.

I was not buy­ing this starv­ing artist BS. I wanted to paint bare­foot in a sun-filled stu­dio with a pool out­side—and I do.

Sig­na­ture style Cur­rent events in­spire me. Give me a good royal wed­ding or Su­per Bowl half­time, and I’m ready to rage in paint.

Ca­reer-defin­ing mo­ment Google “Draw­bert­son Beyoncé.”

Sense and sen­si­bil­ity My wife, Kim Gieske, is an in­te­rior de­signer and likes to pre­tend we don’t have five kids and two dogs. She buys pas­tel rugs and puts frag­ile fab­ric on walls. I have a “barf­proof” rule that she com­pletely ig­nores. Please ig­nore the stains if you drop in.

Lounge act In the mid­dle of the mid­cen­tury mod­ern craze, we bought a scroll-arm sofa from Ralph Lau­ren that is so big all seven of us can lounge on it. It looks like some­thing Barbara Bush would have gone for. RIP, BB.

Gone West We love Cal­i­for­nia. It’s hard and ex­pen­sive for seven peo­ple to va­ca­tion to­gether, so we all moved here. God bless Mon­tecito.

Cel­e­brate good times We are hard­core Hall­mark and reli­gious hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tors. Our twin boys were born on Christ­mas Eve, so we can avoid throw­ing kid birth­day par­ties at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Now it’s Ho! Ho! Ho! We can’t go! It’s closed!

I am tra­di­tional I love Nicki Mi­naj in Os­car de la Renta. That sums me up.


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