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Local Artist Creates 30 Paintings in 30 Days Inspired in RTPI’s Sanctuary

RTPI launched a new artist-in-residence program this fall. Local artist Robin Zefers Clark spent 30 days in the RTPI preserve creating a painting a day inspired by the beauty she discovered here.

Robin and her dog Cutter at their home away from home in the RTPI preserve.

RTPI’s 27-acre preserve includes towering hemlock trees, pollinator meadows and a pond – all of which are anchored by the iconic museum building, designed by famed architect, Robert A.M. Stern. “The artist residency was a wonderful opportunity to become artistically immersed in the environment,” Robin shared, “finding hidden visual treasures, around and within the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.”

As a young boy, Roger Tory Peterson immersed himself in the natural beauty of the entire Jamestown area, inspiring him to his future career as one of the world’s greatest artist-naturalists.

“Robin embodies the spirit of Roger Tory Peterson,” says Arthur Pearson, RTPI’s new CEO. “Inspired by nature, she uses her skills as an artist to help us see our own landscape with fresh eyes.”

Visitors to RTPI during the months of September and October might have seen Robin in the preserve with her canvas and paints, or leading a series of sold-out watercolor workshops.

For those who missed Robin’s immersion in our preserve, you can view the 30 paintings that she created here. These works are on exhibit at RTPI through January 3rd, and many are available for purchase.

RTPI captured in watercolor by Robin Zefers Clark

Robin Zefers Clark holds a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College, and an MS from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and photographic studies. Robin has had several solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in articles in Country Woman Magazine, The Buffalo News, and Focus. Her work has won numerous awards and is featured in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Robin lives in the pristine Allegany mountains of western New York state, where she owns and operates Brookside Studio. More information about Robin Clark and her work can be found on her website at brooksidestudio.com.