(1946 - )
“Quietly striking” is how James Mills, Arts Editor of the Denver Post, described artist Robin J. Laws’ work. This powerful theme echoes through the high plains of Northeastern Colorado where Laws was born and raised. From childhood, in a two-room schoolhouse in Woodrow, Colorado, she has sought to convey her world, its rural surroundings and lifestyle through art. Her talent has been honed over the years by attending workshops, seminars, and classes including the Scottsdale Artist School, Cowboy Artists of America workshops, and the Foothills Art Center. Laws’ art remains focused on her original intent- accurately portraying the spirit and personality of each of her subjects- particularly her animals. Working with live farm animals as models creates a challenge for the artist- but it is one that she relishes. Laws utilizes the bronze medium as a lasting tribute to the animals she knows- they are friends, companions, and co-workers. Her bronzes speak to the uniquely western American experience and rural life in particular.
Robin has many awards, exhibitions, and shows to her credit, including Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year for the State of Colorado, The Ann Hyatt Huntington Award for sculpture, Best of Show honors at the Buffalo Bill Museum Show, the American Women Artists Annual Invitational Show, and the National Equine Society Art Show. Her work has been exhibited by The National Arts Club and The Salmagundi Club, the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas, the Museum of Western Art in Denver, Colorado, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, The Society of Western Artists Exhibition in Oakland, California, the American Women Artists Annual Invitational Show, and Italy’s famed international exhibition- The Biennale Invitational.
Laws’ works are included in many private, public, and corporate collections, including the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, Fairplay High School, Fairplay, Colorado, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, The City of Cheyenne, in Wyoming and at Osborne House in Warsash, England- home to the personal physician to Prince Charles and Princess Diana for ten years.
When she’s not painting or sculpting, Laws enjoys participating in local cattle roundups each spring and fall. She says the experience helps her see the world and herself more clearly. She is also very active in her community, serving as artist in residence for local schools, providing programs for nursing homes and helping to organize art shows, including Colorado’s Finest Art show which is hosted by the governor of Colorado. In addition to her time, Laws has donated numerous works to auctions to benefit local, state, and international non-profit organizations.