We had the good fortune of connecting with Robyn Crowell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robyn, how do you think about risk?
I have supported, encouraged, and educated Visual Artists in my community for over two decades. From gallery preparation to professional presentation and grooming-every time an artist takes ‘the next step’ they take a risk. I have learned to embrace taking calculated risks to further my mission in helping upcoming artists. No regrets. I would rather fail than have to put my head down at night and wonder ‘what if?!’ I saw a huge need to help Visual Artists launch their business and make a plan. I took a risk and began my Consulting Services last year. I take artists’ personal goals for their art business and then customize a step-by-step plan to achieve their goals in a real life, hands-on way. We focus on ‘doing the work’ each day through networking, social media, and spending time in the studio creating every day. I have had great success with this service, but more importantly, my clients are flourishing. This is my mission. I remind them every time we meet: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been making art since I was 5 years old and it has always kept me busy. I have done a multitude of art-related things since then. I have taught private lessons to children and adults for 20 years, shown my work in galleries throughout Texas, managed and curated galleries, directed art shows for the city of Sugar Land, illustrated an award-winning children’s poetry book, and now I’m offering professional consulting to artists who want to grow their art business. Nothing is easy. I’ve had to work hard and be diligent about my own goals. I want to leave a legacy for my daughters (now ages 19 and 23) to have and hold. I want them to always remember that nothing is impossible, and age is just a number. So far, the second half of my life has been the greatest.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start at The Art Machine Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards. It is THE spot for ART, food, and culture. Our gallery hosts 8 local artists and their work and is the only collaborative gallery at The Silos. Robyn Crowell Fine Art has several works on display and available for purchase at the gallery. You can grab a bite, be smart, and buy some art! And there are so many other wonderful art museums and galleries in Houston! Hit up some food trucks, and soak in all of the fine, contemporary, and street art this City has to offer. I don’t think one week is enough to see it all. One of the most special places to me is the Menil Collection. But I would be sure to take my friends to the Silos, Hardy & Nance, and other great galleries so that they could BUY some art, meet some of our wonderful talented local artists, and give them that great dose of encouragement and support. A week in Houston with me would be all about buying art and tacos, traveling around with my Boston Terrier named Frida.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be here without my family who have fully supported me on my journey as an artist my whole life. I will never forget the support and generosity of my early collectors who saw something in my art that they believed was worth buying. I thank every gallery and every organization who taught me the business of art and let me learn while doing. And I’m especially grateful to The Art Machine Gallery at The Silos for continuing to support and encourage visual artists in our community, and for inviting me to be a resident artist.
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