Laurel Robinson: Painting Focus at GSW

Prof. Robinson began teaching at GSW in 1978 at the age of 26. She graduated with a MFA in Painting, and a minor in Paleontology from The University of Cincinnati in 1977. Prof. Robinson sold 1975 Volvos to pay for her graduate school. As a junior in college, Prof. Robinson decided to focus on painting and has even provided painting lessons to previous President, Jimmy Carter.

Q: “What inspired you to be an artist?”

A: Decorating oatmeal boxes as a child that my mother would give me.

Q: “What’s your favorite book?”

A: Name of the Rose by Umberto Echo

Q: “Who is your favorite artist that inspired you most?”

A: Belgium artist Pierre Alechensky, he was popular in the mid to late 20th century.

Q: “How did your family handle you choosing to be an artist?”

A: “I didn’t think I was going to be an artist”, Prof. Robinson went on, “Everyone encouraged me to do what I wanted to do.”

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