Robyn Deboar is an illustrator originally from the south coast of Adelaide who’s passionate about creating art that expresses everyday joys in life. We interviewed Robyn and found her responses just as poetic as her artworks and illustrations. You can purchase Robyn’s work and prints at the Colour Box Studio Spring Pop Up Shop, running until the 4th of November. Find more details about the Pop Up Shop here.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I am a compulsive doodler and started at a young age. As an illustrator I am constantly exploring possibilities and pushing myself into the unknown often surprising myself. I love playing with ink and nib, watercolours, pencils and gel pens, trying new papers and exploring subject matters that express a simplicity and a desire for maintaining good mental and spiritual health. Like a good cuppa or the admiration of a single flower.

Artwork by Robyn Deboar
Artwork by Robyn Deboar

How did you start your creative business/ arts practice and why?

It was a gradual realisation that I needed to have my creative drives acknowledged or I was going to regret the ink not drawn and paper left blank. Some years ago I made a pact with myself that my work-lunch, a luxurious hour, was going to be spent sipping chai and drawing and it worked. This hour commitment was a tipping point for me; I had given myself permission to draw and created a momentum.

Where did you grow up and has it influenced what you create?

I grew up on the south coast of Adelaide in Port Noarlunga surrounded by surfies, semi-rural farmers and bogans. Nature was close with a rambling native garden to immerse myself in and watch the honey eaters and willy wag tails grow families and frolic in the summer time sprinkler. I spent a lot of time at the beach collecting shells and watching the oceans. This connection with nature is something I definitely think about and draw on when illustrating.

What is your current project?

A series of bird illustrations – all of my childhood favourites: magpie, crow, wattle bird, blackbird and more!

'Growing Together' by Robyn Deboar
‘Growing Together’ by Robyn Deboar

Who or what is your inspiration?

There are so many gorgeous artists, film makers and philosophical thinkers out there that inspire me! Del Kathryn Barton’s work and art practice is amazing, Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss, Frida Kahlo, Hewlett and Milligan who created Tank Girl and so many more. Plus I feel most alive when creating and drawing, it is a feeling of fulfilment and productivity hopefully infecting others!

Where do you feel most creative?

By the ocean.

What can visitors expect to see from you in the Colour Box Studio Spring Pop Up Shop?

Art prints of my whimsical One Two Tea Pour series about my personal joy of tea as well as my Little Originals collection of hand drawn simple flower motifs.

Where can we see more of your work?

On my website and Instagram feed @robyn_deboar.

Detail of one of Robyn's illustrations
Detail of one of Robyn’s illustrations

Find Robyn’s prints and originals, as well as work from other local makers at Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop located at VU at Metrowest in the heart of Footscray.

Where: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

Open: Tuesday-Friday 9.30-5pm, Saturday 10-4pm

Dates: 7 October – 4 November 2016

Getting there: 5mins walk from Footscray Train Station and Tram Stop, limited on street free parking, paid parking available at Footscray Kmart.

Find more information here.

Images provided by Robyn Deboar.