Robin began her design career at the age of four. Her first creation was a splendid crayon drawing in dark purple on a yellow background. Of course, it was the brand new yellow butterfly sling chair her mother had just purchased. Despite the negative reviews, and a time-out, an artist and textile designer was born.
Today, Robin still delights in creating art for all kinds of surfaces. Her colorful designs have the unique ability to merge traditional everyday subject matter into contemporary and sophisticated designs that appeal to all. She currently licenses artwork for greeting cards, partyware, stationery, publishing, and textiles with Papyrus, Design Design, Peter Pauper Press, Paper Products Designs, The Lindy Bowman Co., among others. She loves to work in multiple styles, from her unique linear illustrations to traditional motifs with a fresh graphic twist. She delights in depicting nature with a modern perspective and celebrating the beauty in our lives.
Prior to launching her Robin Pickens lines, Robin served as Executive in Charge of Design and Graphics for Telepictures Productions, a division of Time Warner. She created on-air graphic packages for shows including Ellen, Sharon Osbourne and Rosie O’Donnell. She continues to design show looks independently for companies like E! Entertainment and Style Networks.Her many hours in front of computer screens has given her a great appreciation for balancing her work by having more tactile mediums to play with. She thrives on the feel of working with pencil on paper and the warmth and touch of fabrics and textures.
Robin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan School of Art and has also studied surface and textile design at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Broadcast Designers Association awards and Television Design Emmys. She was Runner Up for her modern style in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators portfolio competition. She lives in California with her husband, two children and their energetic dogs and enjoys the constant inspiration they all bring her.