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Wilderness Seascape & Landscape Painter

Robyn collier


Hi – I’m Robyn and it has been at least 40 years since I first began to paint – remaining my life’s passion. Art has blessed me with the gift of earning my living doing something I love. It has helped me appreciate the beauty in our world, both the macro and the micro.

I hope my paintings reflect the love I have for light and nature – in all its wonder.


While photographs and digital prints adorn many modern-day walls, nothing, I feel, can take the place of an artists skill and interpretation in paint. It is this element that makes original art so special.

Australian artist

Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter who started painting in the early 70’s when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. As a self realised artist most of what she  has learned has been  learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work. Having spent many years painting en plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring  more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).

Inspired by wilderness

Robyn has bush walked extensively over her  40 year career as a visual artist and still walks several times a week. Her real love is traveling  to remote areas –  wilderness subjects and areas of difficult access being her special niche. Studio work by definition, can be very limiting in its inspiration if time  is not taken to absorb the energy of the natural world. Love of walking takes her to some very special and isolated places – most too long in distance to carry heavy painting gear –  enjoying the interpretation of special moments that only a camera can capture..


The interplay of light and shadow or the unraveling of a complex pattern on water, the fleeting moment of a cliff turning purple in the late light, are all the type of moments difficult to capture convincingly without a camera at the ready. But it is the human element of re-composing  the subject and the interpretation of the image in a new way that creates a  painting out of a photograph. As an artist Robyn is invigorated  by the challenge of the painting of more difficult and intimate subjects. However always mindful that it is a painting that she is creating she rarely relies on one photograph alone – which is the aid, not the end result.

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underwater series

 In recent months I have been concentrating on an underwater series – having taken up snorkeling and purchased an underwater camera. I have found this world to be fascinating, beautiful, and much like our world above. It has forests, wildlife, sand ripples, rocks and formations and colours that are breathtaking. That and the ancient trees of the cool rainforests are occupying a lot of my painting time at the moment. 


Robyn has had many articles published, judged numerous art shows over forty year painting career and travels throughout Australia to conduct workshops.

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Artist in Residence

Robyn has been Artist in Residence or the guest of many island resorts in order to paint including: Lizard Island, Heron Island, Silky Oak Resorts in the Daintree, Coconut Beach Resort, Sails in the Desert Resort at Yulara, Hinchinbrook Island Resort, Cradle Mountain Lodge Resort. She has also painted at Lord Howe Island, Flinders Island and Maria Island.



1984 1st Castle Hill Show (abstract)

1984 1st Prize Landscape Penrith Show

1985 1st Prize any medium Penrith Show

1980’s 12 highly commended at various Penrith Shows

1987 Major award Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Art Show

1988 1st Prize Penrith Show

1989 1st Prize Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Art Show

1990 1st Prize Landscape Penrith Show

1991 1st Prize Landscape Penrith Show


1993 1st Prize Landscape Penrith Show

1990’s Three time finalist Australian Artist Magazine Art Challenge

2010 Four time finalist Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition

2010 Commended Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition

2010 1st Prize Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition No 42. Seascapes Rivers and Lakes

2010 2012 1st Prize Australian Artist Magazine Seascapes Rivers and Lakes

2012 Commended Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition


2012 Highly Commended Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition

2012 Ist Prize Australian Guild Realist Artists AAL Competition

2012 Packing room prize – Agra Gold medallion

2013 Royal Art Society Sydney

2013 Finalist Artist Magazine Challenge No 54

2014 Finalist AAL Competition four paintings AGRA

2015 Certificate of recognition Australian Guild Realist Artists


Australian Artist Magazine – November 1995, September 2000, December 2003, August 2010

Australian Artist Magazine Feb-March-April 2013 – three part series on  ‘Aspects of Water’

Artists Palette – No 10,

Katoomba Fine Art, Colour Catalogue – 2011 exhibition

Katoomba Fine Art Colour Catalogue – 2014  exhibition

Practique des Arts  – Quality French Magazine – Nov 2014.

Australian Artist Magazine – October 2015 (40 Years of Alla Prima Painting)

Australian Artist Magazine – November 2015 (Luminosity and Texture)

Creative Artist Magazine – November  (Some Form of Addiction and the Kimberley Eucalypts)

Australian Artist Magazine 2017 – Special Feature – ‘Sharing an exploration on Canvas.’

Australian Artist Magazine February 2018 – ‘How to Travel with Oils’

Blue Mountains Life Magazine – December 2017. ‘The Lost Burragorang Valley’

Hard Cover Book – ‘ Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley’ 2017

Australian Artist Magazine – Creating an Adventurous Art Life – April 2019

Representation and Collections


Lost Bear Gallery
Katoomba NSW

Gallery Beneath
Malloolooba QLD

Best Fine Art
Stirling WA

Morpeth Gallery
Morpeth NSW


Penrith A.H.&I Society Advisor to President George Bush

Sydney Water Sydney Ports

Barclays Bank Penrith City Council

P&O Resorts NSW Premiers Office – Neville Wran

Japanese Consul Societe Generale –French Bank

Prime Minister Haughey –Ireland P&O Australia


Great Southern Railways – Indian Pacific Nikki Lauder Collection

Cambridge University United Kingdom

Jenolan Caves Resort

Private & Corporate collections worldwide including Australia, Japan, Germany, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, France, London – and too many more to list.

Contact Robyn Collier

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