ROBIN LYNN FLEMING
Robin Lynn Fleming moved to St. Thomas with her parents and younger brother when she was five years old. When Robin Lynn was in grade one attending Locke's Public School, she sketched a picture from one of the hot cereal packages of a girl eating cereal. She showed the class at Show and Tell of her sketch. One child didn't believe she sketch it free hand and thought she traced it. That was the start of Robin Lynn's drawing abilities.
Robin Lynn continued her enjoyment for art and sketched many more pictures over the years. Her mother told her she got her talent from her great grandfather. In her early teens for her birthday, her parents signed her up for art lessons with Jiri Hanzalek. Some of you might know him from the sculpture of the Mother and Child statue outside the St. Thomas Public Library. Mr. Hanzalek liked all the children's art work and wanted to display them in local stores along Talbot Street. Unfortunately, the art works were lost after the display came down.
Both Robin Lynn and her brother, David took art through out high school. Robin Lynn likes working with oils, pencil crayons or coloured pencils, pencils and pastels. Sometimes she uses water colours or acrylic. Robin Lynn wanted to attend art college but never made it. She was unsure what branch of art she wanted to take, cartoonist, illustrator for children's books or be a free lance artist like Robert Bateman. Her brother, David graduated with his bachelor of Fine Arts. Robin's other interests are cake decorating, hiking, biking, running, camping and reading.
Working at Elgin Manor Robin Lynn was asked to paint a rural mural on the walls in the special care unit. There is a country landscape with real quilts hanging on two clothes lines and a truck driving away with photos on the back end. Two life size calves were painted to camouflage one of the two doors while a side of a barn was painted on the other door. She would like you to come and have a look at the mural.
Robin Lynn express her art by stating, “The real beauty for me in painting or drawing, is the feeling of jumping right into the art as if it were real. When I am doing my art I can lose myself in my work and not realize the time. I want my art work to look so real (like a photo) that I think I am looking out that one window that beckons me.”