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HISTORY
Robin Witte first started developing her artistic talent in Adrienne Dickerson’s elementary school art class. She has a long history of sharing her artwork (but we won’t say how long – youth preservation you know), starting with a commission to design a dragon mural for a classmate’s van in high school.

Robin developed her love and talent for art, embracing folk art, Norwegian Rosemaling (pronounced rose-mall-ing), decorative painting, and china painting. She has studied with several award winning teachers. Ethel Kvalheim even made her and Eldrid Skjold Arntzen pork chops once after a workshop. She has studied under several European Master Painters sponsored by the Vesterheim Institute in Decorah, Iowa. The decorative art field gives her an outlet where flourish strokes of the brush combine beauty and function together in one piece. Robin is an award-winning…

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  • Joined July 14, 2011

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paints, functional pieces, wood, porcelain, ceramic

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About

HISTORY
Robin Witte first started developing her artistic talent in Adrienne Dickerson’s elementary school art class. She has a long history of sharing her artwork (but we won’t say how long – youth preservation you know), starting with a commission to design a dragon mural for a classmate’s van in high school.

Robin developed her love and talent for art, embracing folk art, Norwegian Rosemaling (pronounced rose-mall-ing), decorative painting, and china painting. She has studied with several award winning teachers. Ethel Kvalheim even made her and Eldrid Skjold Arntzen pork chops once after a workshop. She has studied under several European Master Painters sponsored by the Vesterheim Institute in Decorah, Iowa. The decorative art field gives her an outlet where flourish strokes of the brush combine beauty and function together in one piece. Robin is an award-winning artist and also has had her artwork in multiple publications of the Porcelain Artist, an international magazine published by the organization of International Porcelain Artists and Teachers (IPAT).

TECHNIQUE
In porcelain, and ceramic tiles, Robin works primarily with over glaze and luster using a process developed over 2,000 years ago. The piece is painted on several times, each painting followed by exposure to heat of approximately 1,400 degrees. This builds up depth in color as the overglaze fuses into the surface, creating a durable, permanent piece.

Robin also loves working in oil paints – the richness, vitality and depth of color. Plus the many different applications and techniques it offers. It is fresh and forgiving, allowing her plenty of brush “play time,” before it starts to dry. She enjoys creating one of a kind custom work, painting on natural surfaces such as wood, cabinets, and functional accent pieces. Clients adore her birds, and she has painted them in homes above doorways, on windowsills, and on accent pieces. Robin has also done restoration work on antique folk paintings.

From realistic to whimsical…
Welcome to the Painter’s Hand Studio established 1992.

Robin lives in Birch Bay, WA, in a little house by the sea with her two German Shepherds and Gold Fish.



PORTFOLIO AND MATCHING SERVICES
Robin enjoys creating one of a kind custom work, including custom hand painted, kiln-fired tile murals, stone tiles, porcelain and accent pieces. At clients' request, Robin has:

• Created a coffee cup mural using a client’s favorite coffee mugs and fabric from the family room sofa to create a matching coffee cup tile. The mural and tiles were installed in a client’s kitchen in Petaluma, California.

• Painted an entire bathroom with wall and tile seascape murals for a client in San Francisco based on their recent scuba diving vacation.

• Created custom painted porcelain sinks for clients’ baths.

• Redecorated a client’s kitchen in Petaluma, California by painting folk art on their kitchen cabinetry to match an antique cabinet the clients shipped from Germany.

• Created whimsy with multiple wall murals for a Hot Tub distributor’s showroom in Santa Rosa, California.

• Created custom tiles per clients’ request of their favorite flowers, fruits, vegetables, and birds.

Robin started doing matching services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by commissioning artwork out of George Watt & Sons, Inc. where she matched missing or broken pieces of clients’ favorite china sets, painted table menu and place cards for formal dining, as well as custom porcelain baby shoe ornaments to commemorate a child’s birth. Robin also did matching services, painting for Design Services, Inc. on Lake Drive in Milwaukee. She painted faux tortoise shell glazes on one of a kind handmade clay tiles for a fireplace and hearth.

After moving out to California, she continued to create original artwork and applied her matching skills for homes and businesses from wineries in Napa Valley to homes in San Francisco. With her eye for color matching, sense of design and detailed technique, Robin continues to delight and please clients, creating harmony by incorporating their specific requests into her compositions.

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