I wanted to find more mix media artists and on my hunt I found RoByn! She does some beautiful photography of body painting. She has answered some questions for me! It’s inspiring to learn about her work as well as our similar like for Tom Robbins. Thank you for the interview RoByn!
This is my studio. The turquoise locker is in the kitchenette (i.e. the source of the Tater Tots.!). You can see my black seamless paper to the right of the image and my lighting is to the left. The table holds my makeup when I’m painting models.
Q. How did you get started? Any experience or story?
I started as a face painter but soon wanted bigger canvasses. I then started body painting but worked with professional photographers. While working with the photographers, I began laying out the shots. I got a photographer to mentor me in exchange for body painting lessons so now we both can paint and shoot our own work. A back injury kept me from body painting for several year, during that time I began to experiment with mixed media.
Q. How do you want people to react to your work? Who’s your audience?
I want people to be intrigued by what I do. I want them to feel that they haven’t seen this before. My audience defines itself as anybody who sees and responds to my work.
What is your experience with working with models?
I meet some really great and interesting people by painting them. Because the body painting process takes several hours, we have plenty of time to talk. I form relationships with some models and work with them again and again. I like the challenge of working with all different body types and ages of models and seek out non-traditional ones. It’s important that the model is comfortable because if they aren’t it will show in the image.
Q. How have you handled the business aspect of being an artist?
I am frankly still struggling with the business aspects. Currently my focus is on my online presence. I’m doing all the social media stuff that you are supposed to do. I’m a bit disenchanted with the gallery system and the fees for submissions.
What’s your favorite book?
I don’t have a favorite book, but my favorite writer is Tom Robbins.
What’s the best music to listen to while working?
I’m partial to Bob Marley. I get to listen to my choice of music while I’m doing the body painting and the model gets music of their choice while they pose and I photograph them.
What smells in your studio?
Tonight, it’s Tater Tots. The area where I paint and shoot is right off of the kitchenette. Cartoonist James Fry and I share a loft in a live/work artist’s building in Paterson NJ. Our building, the Phoenix Mill, is a former cotton and silk mill that dates back to 1813.