Robin
Arra-
Mae

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR/ARTIST

"STRENGTHEN YOUR RIGHT BRAIN ONE BRUSH STROKE AT A TIME." -RA

ABOUT MY NAME:

“MY NAME IS ROBIN ARRAMAE SMATHERS. I GO BY ROBIN ARRAMAE BECAUSE THERE ARE THREE OTHER ROBIN SMATHERS IN THE WNC AREA. THE HISTORY OF THE SMATHERS FAMILY RUNS DEEP THROUGH THESE MOUNTAINS. OUR GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS KNOWN AS THE LAST PIONEER IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, JOHN C. SMATHERS. I WAS NAMED AFTER MY GRANDMOTHER, ARRAMAE WHO WAS NAMED AFTER HER AUNT, ARRAMAE HUSKY. UNCLE FRANK SMATHERS, ORIGINALLY FROM WAYNESVILLE, MOVED TO FLORIDA TO START THE FAMILY DOWN THERE IN THE EARLY 1900’S.

WHERE I COME FROM:

I SPENT THE FIRST PART OF MY LIFE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. I GREW UP IN THE CUTEST NEIGHBORHOOD CALLED COLLEGE PARK. AS KIDS, WE RAN THE STREETS WITH NO SHOES ON AND CUT OFF SHORTS. THAT’S JUST WHAT YOU DO IN FLORIDA IN THE 105 DEGREE SUMMER TEMPERATURES. WHEN I TURNED NINETEEN, I DECIDED TO MOVE TO WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. I GREW UP GOING THERE, AND IT WAS CALLING MY NAME. BOY, WAS I HAPPY I DID! I HAVE THRIVED IN THESE BEAUTIFUL, ENERGY LOVING, POSITIVE MOUNTAINS FOR THE LAST DECADE.

MANY YEARS LATER, FLASH FORWARD TO 2015, I HAD THIS STRONG DESIRE TO TEACH. I HAVE NEVER TAUGHT BEFORE, BUT I HAD THIS GUT FEELING THAT IT WAS SOMETHING I WANTED, AND JUST KNEW I COULD DO. MY ART BACKGROUND IS IN POTTERY, AND PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS WAS JUST A FUN HOBBY. I HAD GONE TO VISIT SOME FAMILY IN FLORIDA AND WHILE I WAS THERE, MY SISTER, BRADY TOOK ME TO A PAINT & SIP EVENT. IT WAS SUCH A BLAST THAT I HAD TO START DOING EVENTS IN WAYNESVILLE. 

MY VISION THEN:

I WANTED TO BRING A POSITIVE NIGHT LIFE EXPERIENCE TO WAYNESVILLE, AND TO GIVE THE RESIDENTS AND THOSE PASSING THROUGH SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH ONE OF THEIR NIGHTS OUT.

FLASH FORWARD - TO MANY LAUGHS, DIFFERENT PAINTINGS, DIFFERENT VIEWS, MANY PAINT BRUSHES DIPPED IN BEER, AND AFTER ALL THE EVENTS I HAVE DONE; AFTER ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I HAVE MET, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL AND LOVE WHAT I DO!

WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO:

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A BUBBLY PERSONALITY, AND HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TO CREATE. NOW I CAN INSPIRE OTHERS TO USE THEIR CREATIVITY, INSPIRE THEIR MINDS, TACKLE THEIR ANXIETIES, AND HELP THEM FOCUS ON THEIR PAINTING AS A WORK OF ART NO MATTER HOW IT TURNS OUT.

SOME THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE PROCESS:

I GET ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO COME TO PAINT WITH ME. MOST WHO ARE NOT ARTISTS, WHAT-SO-EVER, AND SOME WHO ARE ARTISTS AND HAVE NOT PAINTED IN A LONG TIME. EITHER WAY, THEIR CREATIVITY IS SPARKED. SOME PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER PICKED UP A PAINT BRUSH IN THEIR LIFE, SOME HAVE AND ARE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THEY COME UP WITH. SOME ARE HAVING BEAUTIFUL DAYS WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT AN EVENT, AND SOME ARE STRESSED OUT AND NOT SURE IF THEY ARE GOING TO ENJOY THEMSELVES. LET ME JUST TELL YOU… NOT EVEN 15 MINUTES INTO PAINTING, EVERYONE IS ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

I TEACH EVERYONE THE SAME STEPS, AND EVERYBODY’S PAINTING COMES OUT SO DIFFERENT! EVERYONE WALKS AROUND AND CHECKS OUT OTHER PEOPLE’S PAINTINGS, AND THEY JUST GET SO EXCITED BECAUSE THEY SEE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN ALL.

SEEING EVERYONE HAVE A GOOD TIME WHETHER THEY CAME BY THEMSELVES OR WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS, IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

SIMPLE, EXPRESS AND CREATE.

WHAT IS NOW:

WNC PAINT EVENTS HAS BECOME A TRUE PASSION, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING A FUN PAINTING EXPERIENCE RIGHT TO YOU, OR YOU COME TO ME! WHETHER IT BE OUTDOORS IN A PARK OR ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN, AT A LOCAL BREWERY OR COFFEE SHOP, AT YOUR HOME OR ANY EVENT CENTER YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT AT.
WNC PAINT EVENTS IS A DESTINATION PAINT ALONG SERVICE AND IS FOR ANYONE AND ALL AGES.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY SITE, AND CONSIDERING ME TO HELP PLAN AN EVENT FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP.

R.A.

 
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