April Cover Artist: Shirley Robinett

Recognized for her distinct and unmistakable style of mixed media collage art, Shirley Robinett  is an artist whose passion for creation has been ingrained since her early days on a small farm in Colorado, surrounded by her loving family. Throughout her life, Shirley has explored various mediums such as calligraphy, drawing, painting, and photography. However, it was the inspiration of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the discovery of mixed media collage that captivated her artistic soul, leading her on a transformative journey.

“Having developed my own style of collage, I have drawn on decades of experience and inspiration to create unique and recognizable art,” says Robinette. “Each brightly-colored whimsical image tells its own story, and is often a reflection of my own personal struggles, triumphs and journey. I paint on paper, cut or rip the paper into pieces, then reassemble the pieces into images, often adorning each piece with natural elements like feathers, flowers, grasses, and porcupine quills. Each creation is not only a piece of art but a manifestation of my belief that art carries the transformative power to heal, inspire and bring blessings.”

The realization of her artistic voice came when Shirley received several awards at local art shows, affirming her talent and unique approach. Her artistry has also found representation in several galleries across the country, allowing a wider audience to appreciate and acquire her creations.  She has actively participated in numerous art shows, continuing to garner recognition and accolades for her exceptional work.

Through her mixed media collage art, Shirley invites viewers to embark on a visual journey where layers of materials and emotions intertwine, evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity. Her artistry stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication, lifelong pursuit of artistic growth, and the innate joy she finds in the act of creation.

Shirley sells her art through her website (shirleyrobinette.com), connecting directly with art enthusiasts and collectors. She also undertakes personal commissions, tailoring her work to capture the essence of her clients’ visions. Shirley’s passion for art is matched by her commitment to academic excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design with honors from Montana State University, Bozeman and currently resides in Bozeman, Montana.