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.
BE A WARRIOR NOT A WORRIER!”