Irene Margaret Robinson California Plein Air Landscape Oil on Canvas SOLD P823

We love it when an artist notices the subtler variations of the California climate, and its effect on the light. This is one of those Southern California white sky days…

16″ x 20″


Born in Washington state, Irene Robinson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pasadena, California. In 1915, she attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and later studied at the University of Chicago, the Broadmoor Art Academy with John Carlson in Colorado Springs, and in Los Angeles at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. In the early 1920s, she taught art in Los Angeles and then married William Wilcox Robinson, a businessman and writer.

Living in Los Angeles with her family, she painted western subjects from wildflowers to land forms, historic structures, and animals. She also became an illustrator for many of her husband’s books, mostly for children and about animals. Titles include “On the Farm”, “Beasts of the Tar Pits”, and “At the Zoo”.