About the Artist

         Robin Brooks

Photo of Robin Brooks taken by Keith Spiro at the Shambhala Center, Brunswick, Maine


Robin Brooks is a visual artist, tai chi teacher, and activist for the Common Good. Robin sees her landscape-inspired collage paintings as a means of creating more empathy toward the natural world. She also enjoys working from observation and memory and playing with a variety of art processes including acrylic painting, collage, and printmaking. 

Robin grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, the ancestral lands of the Leni Lenape where she attended public schools and received an excellent art foundation. After high school, Robin attended Boston University where she studied art and received a BFA in art education. After a three-year teaching stint in Rhode Island, Robin moved to New York to study painting with Leland Bell, Paul Resika, and John Heliker. In 1984 she received an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design.

As the grandchild and great-grandchild of Jewish immigrants from Russia (Ukraine) and Latvia, Robin continues to explore family stories through artmaking. And in 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic, she embarked on a deep dive into origin stories in The Foremothers Project.

Finally, Robin has offered numerous workshops for children and adults in art and also in tai chi. Her teaching artist profile on Creative Ground will give you an overview of recent projects and residencies: https://www.creativeground.org/profile/robin-brooks Please contact Robin to plan your next workshop or seminar. She is also available for speaking engagements, consulting, and commissioned artwork.

photo by Jonathan Riggleman, 2020


Robin Brooks speaking at the opening of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Plein Air Exhibit, Thornton Oaks, June 2014

Robin Brooks speaking at the opening of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Plein Air Exhibit, Thornton Oaks, June 2014


Robin Brooks with Toshi

Robin and Toshi in the studio. photo by Allison McKeen

Robin Brooks was born in Newark, New Jersey.  She graduated with honors from West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey and has always been active in her community, volunteering for causes that promote health, healing, and social and environmental justice.  A resident of Maine since 1987, Robin lives in Topsham with her husband Jon Riggleman, a high school English teacher, and their cat Toshi.


Parsons School of Design, New York , N.Y. – M.F.A., Painting, 1984
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts – B.F.A., Art Education, 1979


robinbrooks_artist resume_2023

Articles and External Links:

Healer Within Foundation: https://www.healerwithinfoundation.org/vpg


Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE)

Union of Maine Visual Artists

Plein air painting in the Katahdin Woods and Waters Park(video)

Intersecting Planes: The Collages of Robin Brooks (article)

Maine Magazine Poetry Page (Apple Tree Autumn)

Circling the Square Press, Gardiner, Maine (website)