Robin Paine in her studioRobin Paine was born in Kenya and educated in Spain, Ireland, the UK and the USA.

Her undergraduate Art training began in the UK at Falmouth, Cornwall and Glasgow School of Art, she received her BA degree in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 1980.

Specializing in portrait painting during the next decade in London, she was represented by the Royal Academy Business Art Gallery. She was twice a Finalist in the annual Portrait Competition for emerging artists at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Moving to the USA in 1992, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1995.

She is represented in collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the collections of Gail and Ernst von Metzch, Glenys and Kermit Birchfield and Cape Ann Museum.

Since 2015 she has been Chair of Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Arts.


She has taught Drawing and Painting at

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
  • Tufts University,
  • Concord Art Association,
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • School of Visual Arts in New York.

For further details see her Exhibitions page

She also represented the North American Chapter of Edinburgh College of Art
Alumni Association.


Inspiration and sources

Robin sources elements of her work from found imagery and Art History. She also works in series of drawings and paintings of birds and animals whose future is threatened by climate change. She has produced a collection of drawings and paintings of indigenous peoples in Mexico and Guatemala, painted in situ. In addition, she attends the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and has exhibited twice in that city. She is an authority on the Drawings of Gwen John and has lectured on the life in Paris of the artist. She is the grand-daughter of Graphic designer and prolific poster-artist Charles Paine.