Robyn Lee Anderson-Morshead was born in South Africa in 1964 in the windy, coastal town of Port Elizabeth. When she was very young, her family moved inland, settling in Johannesburg. Even as a tiny child, Robyn’s favorite pastime was drawing and painting.
Becoming a professional artist was a natural progression for Robyn, “as natural as breathing.” She studied drawing and architecture at the University of Cape Town. But it was not until she was laid up in the hospital, with nothing to do but draw, that she was able to see clearly what she would do with her life.
She moved back to the area of her birth, settling in a little coastal town called Jeffrey’s Bay. It was here that she had her first professional exhibition in 1990. She did outdoor shows, festivals and held her second solo exhibit in 1992.
While in Jeffrey’s Bay, Robyn experienced great inspiration from the sea. She is at her most artistically prolific in this environment.
In 1994, she moved to America, spending some time painting in Clearwater, Florida, and then moving to Nashville, where she participated in a group show at Women’s Vision Gallery.
1996 she traveled to California and studied at the Mission Renaissance School of Fine Art in Los Angeles. While there, Robyn held a show in Redwood, CA, with Alicia Quaini, an Argentine artist. During her studies, she continued to participate in festivals and outdoor shows in Los Angeles.
Robyn returned to Nashville in early 1997, and began teaching at the Creative Fitness Center, and participated in shows and exhibits throughout the city. Her work was exhibited at the Tennessee Artist and White Tiger Galleries.
Toward the end of 1997, Robyn returned to her native South Africa, where she continued her studies and established her own art school, Michaelangelo’s Masters. Robyn always held an affinity for traditional art concepts. It was during this time that she learned how to mix paints and preserve artwork using the recipes and techniques of the old masters.
In August 1998, Robyn returned to America and established her art school, Michaelangelo’s Masters, here in Nashville. The Prestige Gallery hosted an exhibition for her and Goli Sotoohi. She teaches on location at the Montessori Academy in Brentwood
In May 2000, Robyn launched Ah Ha Art, an online Gallery designed to sell her work and that of other artists. She became interested in Feng Shui and created a series of block prints of Feng Shui symbols. She also studied the effect of using Feng Shui principles to create a harmonious and productive environment and has put this knowledge into creating her art.
In May 2004, Robyn had a little girl Kelli Joy. Recently she started accepting commissions to Feng Shui spaces and creating wonderful work and living environments with her original art and prints. Her belief is that a home is a living piece of art or sculpture to be filled with art and objects that create harmony, happiness, and good energy. She also creates murals and large pieces on commission. For feng shui and art home or business consultation, please call her at +1(615) 668-0169
In November 2009, Robyn created Artlightenment, an Art Festival. The idea was to elevate artists and introduce artists to Nashville in a unique setting at the Celebrity Centre in the beautifully renovated historical “Old Fall School” building. This festival showcased the work of local artists. The artists also had an opportunity to attend workshops and learn from successful and more established artists acting as mentors.
Robyn had always had the vision to be a filmmaker, and she wanted to help other artists by making documentaries about them and showcasing their art stories. She started making documentaries and collaborating with her sister in Hollywood, making short films.
In Nov 2011, Artlightenment added a Film Festival with the theme of “Art, Artists and the Art of Existence. “This has been a long-time dream of Robyn, and she is very proud to showcase her own films as well as those from fellow filmmakers in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.