Although now, Robbie Fitzpatrick is devoted to her artwork, before her discovery of the joys (and trials) of watercolor, Robbie’s fields of expertise were internet information technology and teaching. Robbie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Speech Education and her Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.
In 2012, Robbie retired from teaching and began seriously pursuing her love of art. She quickly moved from pottery to pencil drawings, which served as a strong foundation when she turned to watercolor. Her progress as a watercolorist proceeded rapidly, from studying books, to her first formal lessons at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston.
A her pieces started placing in local shows, she began studying with Keiko Yasuoka and Duncan Simmons. The pace of her improvement increased. In the fall of 2013, she earned her first higher-level award, a Merchandise Award from the Watercolor Art Society-Houston Membership Exhibit. In 2014, she enjoyed even greater success, with pictures accepted by the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, and the National Watercolor Society. One piece won a first in New Mexico, and another won a Merchandise Award in Southwestern.
The year 2015 continued to prove successful, with pictures accepted into the Georgia Watercolor Society 2015 National Exhibition, the Southern Watercolor Society 2015 37th Annual Exhibit, the Texas Watercolor Society's 66th 2015 Annual National Exhibit--also earning a Merchandise Award, the New Mexico 2015 Spring Membership Exhibit, the Society of Watercolor Artists 2015 International Exhibit, the 2015 National Watercolor Membership Show, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 115th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper (earning her Signature Membership), Southwestern Watercolor Society's 52nd Annual Member Exhibition, the Georgia Watercolor Society 2015 Membership Show (2 pieces), and the New Mexico 2015 Fall Exhibition. She also had works accepted into "An Equine Jubilee!" sponsored by the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center in Delaware, Ohio, and the American Academy of Equine Art 2015 Fall Juried Show. Robbie is particularly proud that she was accepted into the prestigious Society of Animal Artists.
So far, 2016 has resulted in continued success. Her works have been accepted into the 7th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, 41st Annual Exhibition of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the 39th Annual Exhibition of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, the 46th Annual Exhibition of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, the Society of Watercolor Artists 2016 International Juried Exhibition, and the Southern Watercolor Society 39th Annual Juried Exhibition. She had two pieces in the Society of Animal Artists (SAA)/Loveland Museum "Animalia" Juried Exhibit. Robbie has also been accepted as a member of the International Guild of Realism and Women Artists of the West.
Her latest accomplishments include acceptance of "Foot of the Bed" into North Light Books Splash 18 and having that same piece included as a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's (ARC) 2016 Salon. Her piece "Gentle Persuasion" is a Finalist in Southwest Magazine's Artist Excellence Competition. In addition, she has been included in both of their feature articles "Women in Art" and "Art in Watercolor." She is delighted to be represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa Oklahoma.