Robin Crickmer

Artist's Statement

Don't try to explain to me what a painting means. I don't want to know. I just know that I am drawn to it or not.

I began concentrating on painting a few years ago following my retirement from a career in teaching as head of the geography department at Hants West Rural High School, and as a part-time lecturer in geography at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, I have lived in Nova Scotia since emigrating to Canada in 1966. I now live in Lunenburg which is one of the most attractive and historically interesting towns in Canada. I have been fortunate to have visited many countries including several of those in West Africa such as The Gambia and Ghana where I also taught various geography courses.

Although I always had an interest in art, I never seemed to find the time to actually paint, but rather admired the work of others while at the same time had an inner but largely unrecognized desire to just pick up a brush and paint. Having fed my travel bug over the years, I'm now more content to use art to travel the landscape of my mind. Using bold, vivid colour I think I can best express myself within the mystical qualities of abstract realism.

My painting originally concentrated on watercolours, but I quickly took up acrylics and some oils as a more expressive medium for abstract work. I also use a variety of mediums and especially like to have texture in my paintings that give solidity to the work. I have shown my work at several recent exhibitions, and examples of my paintings are held in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Honduras, Austria, and Germany.

Those interested in purchases (all prices are in Canadian dollars) should contact me at (902) 634-3418 or at

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