Heather Robinson

Like a lot of artists, I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t doing something creative in my free hours. My family moved long distances several times during my childhood; art gave me a sense of identity that I could carry with me wherever I went.

I studied architecture in school, which gave me a love of structure and a fascination with how people choose to decorate the spaces and things around them. I indiscriminately love pattern and color - if it’s decorated and brightly colored, I’m attracted to it. I adore the handmade and the accidental, and have a fondness for the imperfect - imperfection is what makes us human, and I want to celebrate the best parts of being human. When I began my art practice, I was working in collage and mixed media, but transitioned to mostly painting because I like having full control over my colors and materials. So now I call myself a painter, although you’ll still sometimes see some collage elements worked into my paintings.

Since 2007, I’ve been painting in my tiny studio in the Mission Bernal neighborhood of San Francisco. I’m a professionally-trained baker and mom to a fantastic teenager. (If you drop by my studio, I might make you something delicious in return!) I travel as often as I possibly can manage it, and study a few foreign languages so I have a greater chance of getting by when I go somewhere. In my free time, I crochet fancy lace, I collect vintage (ie loud) neckties, and I pretty much always have crazy-colored hair. 



Artist Resume


  • Professional practices, Taking the Leap, 2003-2004
  • Architectural study, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, Summa Cum Laude, Texas A&M University, 1995
  • Environmental Design Studies including design studio, ItalArt, Santa Chiara, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy 1993


Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

  • Secession Art & Design, August - September 2017 
  • 201 California, "Attraction", November - December 2016
  • Secession Art & Design, "Connection," August - September 2016
  • Secession Art and Design, "8th Anniversary," August - September 2015
  • Secession Art and Design, "Golden," August - September 2014
  • Secession Art and Design, "Embellished," August - September 2013
  • Blackbird, "Embellished", June-July 2013
  • Andalu, March 2013
  • Secession Art and Design, "Motifs", October-November 2012
  • Mermaids Tattoo, April-May 2012
  • Acabello, December 2011-February 2012
  • Secession Art and Design, "Ghosts of Flowers", October-November 2011
  • Andalu, July 2011
  • Secession Art and Design, October-November 2010
  • Variety Screening Room, August-September 2010
  • On Mars, May-June 2010
  • Andalu, January 2010
  • Vi Gallery, November-December 2009
  • Secession Art and Design, "Net and Nest", October-November 2009
  • Secession Art and Design,“Earthly Desires”, October - November 2008
  • OneTaste, January 2008
  • Drug Store Gallery, “The Ornamental Figure,” February – March 2006
  • Levy Art and Architecture, December 2005 – January 2006
  • “Internal Affairs,” Los Gatos, CA, September 2005
  • Femina Potens, "Recent Work," San Francisco, August 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Four Barrel, "Fluid", September 2017
  • Sierra Arts, "Strange Cousins from the West", July 2017
  • Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS, April-June 2017
  • Fe Gallery, February-March 2017
  • The Great Highway Gallery, "Differing Feathers", December 2016
  • Mom & Pop Art Shop, "Tres Mujeres", September - November 2016
  • The Mosser Hotel, June - August 2016
  • Collector Gallery, Oakland, December 2015
  • Creative Framing Gallery, "Broken Color", September - October 2015
  • Art Comes Alive, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH, June - August 2015
  • 30x30 - Roseville, CA November 2014
  • Abstract Exhibition - Overland Park, KS, September 2014 BEST OF SHOW
  • 10x10x10xTieton, Tieton, WA, August - October 2014
  • Collector Gallery, Berkeley, CA, July 2014
  • Art Comes Alive, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH, June - August  2014
  • RAG Gallery, October-December 2011
  • National Juried Exhibition, Taos Gallery, Taos, NM, March - May 2009
  • “Paintpresent”, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, March - April 2009
  • "Eye Candy," February - March 2007
  • Roshambo Winery, “Anti-Auction,” Healdsburg, CA, September - November 2004
  • “Art in the Avenues,” San Francisco, June 2004
  • City Art Gallery, San Francisco, May – August 2004
  • "National Human Figure Show," Bethesda, MD, April 2004
  • Hotel Cosmo, "Beautiful Earth," San Francisco, March - April 2004
  • Frank Bette Art Center, "Love Love Love," Alameda, CA, February 2004
  • Women's Cancer Resource Center Gallery, "Go Figure," Oakland, CA, January 2004
  • ArtWork SF, "Photography Defined," San Francisco, December 2003 - February 2004
  • Woman Made Gallery, "Annual Members' Show," Chicago, IL, August 2003
  • Sacred Profanities Gallery, Berkeley, June - October 2003
  • City Art Gallery, San Francisco, June-September 2003
  • STARTSOMA, "<OUTSIDE>," San Francisco, March 2003
  • Taking The Leap, "Floating to the Surface," Emeryville, CA, January 2003
  • Somarts Gallery, "One Night Stand," San Francisco, December 2002
  • Hotel Cosmo, "Dreams and Rebellion," San Francisco, November 2002
  • Fine Arts du Jour, "Resurfacing," San Francisco, September 2002
  • Casa del Arte, "Summer Smalls," New York State, September 2002