Robyn Beattie, abstract photographer

Robyn Beattie, abstract photographer, daughter of Paul Beattie, California Abstract Expressionist

I was born to bohemian parents of the San Francisco Beat era. Our family moved to the redwoods west of Healdsburg when I was five years old, and the dappled shadows of these giant trees was my home into adulthood. My father, Paul Beattie, was a recognized Abstract Expressionist. He often drew, sculpted, and painted for 16 hours a day, creating images that reflected his knowledge of astronomy and physics. His artworks continue to influence the way I see.

Other influences on my character include climbing Denali (aka Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain in North America; working as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica, where I also painted a 90-foot mural of the rain forest; and working as an archaeologist.

Most of my photographs reflect my fascination with the mysterious and with nature’s processes: the magic of seeds, birth and metamorphosis; the beauty in stain, death and decay. I am drawn to places like forgotten alleyways, dark cracks, holes in the road, and abandoned buildings. I look for shapes in the ashes of a fireplace, rusty metal, or broken glass. Many of my pieces are macro, small portions of something, rather than the whole item. Time seems to stand still when I am photographing. I often feel lost, absorbed in the moment, steeped in
the awe I experience as I explore with my camera.

All photographs are archival prints, and are in limited editions of twenty-four.

Art Resume

Group Exhibitions

2011     “Boxed in: A Small Works Show,” Quicksilver Mine Company Gallery, Forestville, California
2010     “Art Around Town,” Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, California
2010     “Outside: Photographs from Nature,” Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, California
2010     “Fine Art photography: Beyond Digital,” Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, California
2009     ”Surface Detail, Line & Rhythm”, Graton Gallery, Graton, California

Web presence / Published collaborations online:

“Ananda’s Line”, 5 poems with photographs. Published in Connotation Press
“She Dressed in a Hurry (for Lady Di)”, a photo-poem montage By Tania Pryputniewicz. Published in the Mom Egg
“Nefertiti”, a photo-poem montage By Tania Pryputniewicz. Published in the premier issue of Prairie Wolf Press Review
Multiple photographs: Feral Mom, Feral Writer, blog by writer Tania Pryputniewicz


1980     BA, Anthropology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California