My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and story telling…by Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!



At the beginning of 2007, I decided to return to a childhood love of painting, photo art making and story telling/creative writing.  This decision came about when I really needed to devote myself to an activity that could help me de-stress, relax and wind down from many years of stressfulness during my career and the demands of daily family life.  I was just going to take some time out for 12 months and then go back to work.  Little did I know at that time, that painting, digital photo art making and story telling/creative writing, would end up being a form of therapy. That it would help me work through a quagmire of grief and despair.


Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist in Home Studio 2014 painting - No. 58 Title 'A State of Mind' Dec 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist in Home Studio 2014 painting – No. 58 Title ‘A State of Mind’ Dec 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG



November 2008, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma and I became his carer during the twelve month period of his chemotherapy and recovery process.  On the 5th November 2009, just twelve months on, our 25-year-old son was killed in a single vehicle car crash.  I poured all my effects into painting and digital photo art making (found in Portfolio tabs).  When I look back over my paintings and re-read the accompanying stories, I realise now, that I was using painting to work through a torrid of emotions.  Art therapy saved me… As you go through each of my paintings you will see an accompanying story which helps illuminate each painting’s source of inspiration.  This process of painting and writing the corresponding story became a very powerful tool to express emotions and feelings that were too hard to say out loud.





This video was produced by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as a CLIENT VIDEO featuring myself Karen Robinson talking about using ‘art for therapy’ for TAC’s 2011 ‘Picture This’ Exhibition.  It was “ in its fifth year and provided people who had been affected by road trauma to use artistic expression, whether it was drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography or textiles, to share their experiences.  The exhibitions showcased artwork by people who had either taken up art since being involved in a  transport accident, or who were artists before their accident“. TAC (2013). Client art exhibition – Picture This 2013. Retrieved from http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/claims/client-zone/client-art-exhibition.





Once again the Transport Accident Commission Victoria made a short video of myself on the opening night of my 2015 solo exhibition. I talk about how my art has been a form of therapy over the last five years, since the death of my son, who had been killed in road trauma 5th November 2009. A very big thank you to TAC’s CEO – Janet Dore for seeing the value in spending the time and money in capturing this very special moment, in my life. Link: http://www.tac.vic.gov.au



July, 2014 I had the good fortune to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Casey Webb – Jung Katz – Blog for Artists.  It was a wonderful way of being able to share with others my ‘art for therapy’ story – please click here to read “Artist Interview: Karen Robinson – Abstract Painter”.



Here below is a slide-show some of my abstract painting favourites!  You can find a complete overview of my paintings and their stories by clicking on the drop down tab called  “Abstract Painting Portfolio”.  I hope that when you go through my gallery, you can take the time to also read some of my painting stories.  For me the painting story is just as important as the painting its self.  The act of painting and painting story writing has become an important part of my art therapy journey.


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I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey and my creative writing efforts, will inspire others, to take up art therapy and creative writing to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art and story telling/creative writing has brought me now to a much better place, where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!


Karen Robinson at her Solo Exhibition titled ...When words are hard to find - 6th May 2015 at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery - Craigieburn. Photo graphed by Angie Basdekis for Hume Leader Newspaper getimage.aspx.jpg

Karen Robinson at her Solo Exhibition titled …When words are hard to find – 6th May 2015 at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery – Craigieburn. Photo graphed by Angie Basdekis for Hume Leader Newspaper getimage.aspx.jpg


My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and story telling…by Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

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  1. Karen, your story brought me to tears, not only for the tragic loss of your son, but also for your honesty and the way in which you have used your talent to raise awareness. I have just been browsing through your paintings and the one that stands out to me is “Inner City” 2008; however, the reason for this is not what you may think.
    Let me take you on a journey.
    On the 13th of May, 1993, I saw a stunning tartan gown through the window of your boutique in Moonee Ponds. The reason I remember this date is because it was my 19th birthday and I was there for a job interview. I worked for you for the rest of the year doing beading and finishing work which was like a dream for me and an experience that I remember fondly. I remember the brides, the mothers, the sisters and the excitement at working on these stunning gowns, particularly sewing the swarovski crystals onto that stunning black gown with the coloured flowers for the gown of the year.
    I still sew, bead, draw and create and after browsing through your paintings, you have inspired me yet again.
    I was thinking of these times today and decided to do a google search of your name, which brought me to your website, I only wish I had looked a few months ago, I would love to gone to your exhibition.

    Jo (Desmond) Davis

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    • Hello Jo, Thank you for such a touching response and yes, it has been our family’s tragedy the loss of our son Ben who was killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November 2009. How wonderful to read about a time in my life where much was amazing and at times very demanding as well. It was a time where daily life had to be juggled between raising a family, running a business, being a wife and trying to stay sane! You have taken me back to a past life that was full of creative adventures and I am so glad that you gained some worthy memories of your time working with me. As you have seem, I have now turned my efforts into ‘art for therapy’ and a lot of my time is devoted to doing voluntary work with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria in the hope that we can help save lives and reduce serious injury caused by road trauma. Thank you again Jo and perhaps we can catch up one day for a cup of coffee and a chat…sincerely Karen


  2. Your art is amazing. Thank you for sharing such a powerful part of yourself. I am new to art therapy, and have been treading lightly. However I recognize the significant benefits of bold expression. Your work has inspired a small voice inside and me. I look forward to following your work and personal journey. Thank you for “liking” my painting, which enabled me to learn of your site.

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    • Thank you – for taking time out of your day to visit, comment and support my weblog about my art for therapy journey. It is pleasing to read that you have gained some benefit from said and I hope that I will be able to continue to offer a resource that can help with one’s sense of wellbeing through the exploration of art for therapy…warm regards Karen


    • Hi Barbara, thank you for your appreciation of my posts – it is always great to read/hear that my ‘art for therapy’ journey is helping others, even if just in the smallest of ways… I am sorry to read that you are having to receive chemotherapy and after my own husband having the experience of such treatment, I can understand that you must be feeling very challenged at present. It is so good that you are continuing on with your creative practices as you know and I understand – art for therapy can be a very powerful way to help with ones sense of wellbeing, especially through the most difficult of times. My best wishes during this time in your life … warm regards Karen


  3. Your work is lovely and your bravery in sharing your pain that your art helped you work through is very touching. As a mother of young adult sons I’m sorry to read you lived every parents worse nightmare, and at a time you thought you were already spent.

    I do not tend to use art as therapy. But during the time I fell ill and was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis I painted over 50 horse paintings. I’d just paint, stack them up till they were in the way, move them to the art cabinet and one day I took them all out and was surprised I had so many!

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    • Hi Kim … thank you for sharing your personal thoughts about being a mum and having young sons – and yes as you say, it can be a constant concern that something will happen to them during theirs and our life. I am hoping that your illness is being managed well and that your quality of life is OK. If I can say, I believe without knowing it, the painting of 50 paintings sounds to me, that it was art for therapy on an unconscious level. I too had a day where I was reassessing my art work and was surprised at the amount I had accumulated over time. I took a look at some of your horse paintings and love the colour and shaping you have used – bold and beautiful. Wishing you all the best for you and your boys … sincerely Karen


    • Thank you for taking the time to look at my weblog about my ‘art for therapy’ journey. I wish for you a good ‘art for therapy’ journey that brings you to a place where fears are small and joys are great … sincerely Karen


  4. Hi Karen, thanks for following my artblog, I really appreciate it. I’m glad you found your way through the hard times by using art, it really is a wonderful way to release your emotions!
    Looking forward to have a closer look at your blog,
    -all the best N. :-)

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    • Hi Norunn, Thank you for your thoughts and supportive comments. You are right, art is a wonderful way to release emotions and I continue to gain benefits from my art practice everyday. I am hoping that by sharing what I have come to known and understand, will help others to take up art for therapy or just for fun…warm regards Karen


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