Reflection and Interpretation


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“Beyond the pure tactile and creative pleasure of smearing oil paint on canvas, I try to find ways to convey the unique sensory experience of being in a special place, “ Michael says. “In the mountains, these experiences can encompass crossing high shadowed peaks and grassy balds or walking along bouldered streams with swirling eddies. In the Low Country, it may be the color of the ocean under passing clouds, a tideline at sunrise, or a rippled tidal creek under a full moon.” 

Asheville Gallery of Art’s November show, “Reflection and Interpretation,” features the work of Michael Robinson with his landscapes of mountains and coast as well as pen and ink sketches from world travels.The show runs November 1-30 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A reception for the artist will be held November 1, 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue.


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     Black Balsam Ridge

Michael grew up in Mitchell County, North Carolina, where he sketched and painted from an early age. In college, he set aside art to make room for architecture at the NC State University School of Design. Being drafted into the army sidelined his career. When he returned home, he studied photography and printmaking at the Penland School of Craft before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at UNC Greensboro. He was a practicing architect for more than 30 years. 

Michael's drawings from his sketchbooks include scenes of China, Morocco, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. “Over the years, I’ve learned to artfully linger behind and steal what's important with just a few strokes of the pen. The challenge is not to record every detail, but to look into the human experience of the moment and bring it to life.”

For further information about this show, contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-, visit the gallery website at, or go to the gallery Facebook page.