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Paint like a pro in this introduction class for oil painting enthusiasts

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Beginners and advanced students will enjoy learning from figurative artist Nadine Robbins. Learn the basics of working in oil paint using age-old and modern techniques. Each week you will experience hands-on instruction and personal one-on-one tips and tricks to enhance your work. The class will cover how to shoot and alter reference images, understanding color, blocking, layering, and how to build the subtle details that bring a painting to life. Suggested material list will be sent upon registration.

8 Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 • 4:00-7:00pm
nm: $515 • m: $490
Instructor: Nadine Robbins

at Pershing Studios


Introduction from Patreon

I've been told my paintings are funny, defiant, and real and I think those are perfect adjectives to describe my art but my feelings about my work are evolving. As a result of an exceptionally difficult year, I have learned that instead of my focus being on defiance based on my past, my new work is moving into an emotional space that sets my mind at ease for my future. Now don't get me wrong, the balance of getting older and finding peace with my past is ongoing and I'm sure some intense work is in my future. But right now my art is about my capacity of letting go and looking on the brighter side of things as a way to handle a world I'm much too sensitive for. My art is giving me energy these days and not weighing me down.

I created my Patreon page to share my work privately but also to ask for financial support. Artists like myself have recognition but that doesn't equate to financial independence. I want to continue to create meaningful art without thinking about money all the time. I feel that money can complicate and distort the creative process. With your help, I can paint what I want to paint and you can enjoy the process exclusively.

So what is Patreon? Patreon in an online platform where patrons can pay a small monthly fee to see my posts. It's not like Kickstarter. It's more like Netflix. 

What can you expect for your generosity? Posts and videos about everything that goes on in my studio and my career. You'll learn and see my process and read the stories behind the paintings. I've created several financial tiers from $2 to $30 a month, each of which will grant you access to more and more content and offers of free archival prints, discounts on paintings, etc...

My Patreon page is constantly evolving just like my work. I hope you'll join me for the ride and help support my creative goals.

Patreon supports artists. Will you too?

Welcome potential Patrons!

A little bit about me. I have a fabulous son who is in 11th grade, a husband who's the best, and 2 entertaining pets named Apollo and Cooper. In a past life I owned a small boutique design agency that served the financial industry for 20+ years. But the 2008 financial collapse changed everything. The carnage was fast and furious and I lost almost 80% of my business. You'd think I was devastated but in fact I was kind of relieved. I had been thinking about getting out of the business. The financial crisis gave me an out.

Fast forward 10 years and I'm now a full-time fine artist painting photo realistic portraits, nudes, and oysters in my studio on a mountain in the Hudson Valley a few hours North of New York City. I've been told my paintings are funny, defiant, and real and I think those are perfect adjectives to describe my art.

In the early days, the beauty of social media was being able to share my work in progress images, see what other artist were doing, feeling of sense of community, and lots of networking. But it's no longer the case. So I created my Patreon page because I'm tired of the clutter, advertisements, censorship, and no one seeing my posts.

So what is Patreon?

Patreon in an online platform where patrons can pay a small monthly fee to see my posts. It's not like Kickstarter. It's more like Netflix. 

What can you expect if you sign-up and become a patron?

You'll be the first to see what's going on in the studio! I'll be posting work in progress and reference photos, videos, news, Q&A events, tips, freebies, first view and purchase options of final paintings, discounts, and so much more. For your convenience, I've created several award tiers each of which will grant you access to more and more content. They begin at $1 a month.

My main goal is to create a community for my collectors, fellow art lovers, and like minded artists who want to support my art and participate in the development of paintings as they are being created. if you have any questions email me.

As always, thanks for your support.

A new arrival!

Luscious and up close!  My very first limited edition print of “Ice” arrived in the studio, and I just had to share this little video.  Both the original painting and the print measure a whopping 36”x 36”! 

For those of you who are interested in the way I work, the story of how “Ice” was born gives you a little peek into my process.  I was photographing some oysters because…well…I’m obsessed with everything about them – the taste, the reflection of light, the way these complex and humble creatures exist in their environments.

Anyway, I made a little Photoshop mistake (which happens all the time) and I accidentally cropped a photo in a way that inspired me.  It was really a breakthrough for me – a moment that pushed me to find a new sweet spot, a new understanding of the fine line between a recognizable oyster and an abstract piece of art. 

What I love most about exploring that line – the way in which we experience the act of looking at life up close – is that it is different for every viewer.  You may look at my oyster pictures and see dinner.  Another person may look at my art prints and see environmental outreach.  Another person may see line, color, and a composition that has no anchor in an actual object.  Pushing myself to expand my understanding of oysters – both as art objects and as living organisms – has opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know before.

The full-size print of “Ice” is numbered, signed, and printed on heavy, museum-quality paper.  It’s available on my website, along with all of my other mouthwatering oyster paintings and prints. Take a look at