A Counsellor and
an Award-Winning Artist
who lives and works near
“The purpose of my art is to share with others the beauty I see … I seek to portray a sense of peace and resolution. My artworks are calm and reflective and encourage a similar response in the viewer. I look beyond the visual to the essence of a thing, to convey what is inside.”
Robyn Varpins has worked as an artist since finishing Art School in 1982. She has been involved in a wide variety of creative endeavours including teaching clay sculpture at the Fremantle Art Centre. She is also a qualified psychotherapy Counsellor, with a degree from Notre Dame University. She has always used her art as the way to know herself (a personal therapy), so studying Counselling was a natural development trajectory. Art and Psychotherapy complement each other beautifully and allow a variety of therapeutic responses.
Robyn enjoys painting but dedicates most of her time to making sculptures in clay. Her loving rendition of the human form conveys her passion for people and the human condition. Some of her clay pieces are stylized and symbolic, while others are realistic, yet with a rawness that makes them very intimate. She leaves the clay unglazed to express the interior experience of being human. Her use of coloured slips and paints reveals her fascination with colour. The clays used are strong raku clays that are suitable for in or outdoors.
I have been an artist all my life and I teach art part time in order to share my passion for creativity. I participate in a wide range of creative pursuits, but clay sculpture is my first love. My style ranges from symbolic to realistic and centres around human-ness.
As an Artist...
Art exhibitions and commissions.
Robyn is involved in frequent art exhibitions, usually with one or more other Artists. She is also happy to be commissioned to create art for private clients. Her paintings have themes of landscapes and dreams, while her sculptures are usually centred around the human form.
As a Counsellor...
Personal Psychotherapy and Art Therapy classes.
Robyn runs small Art Therapy classes from her studio. These include an educational component about how your brain works. Exploring your personal creative expression is the focus of the art component. She also sees clients privately, with or without creative expression.