We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Robison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what principle do you value most?
This is a good question because I don’t think about it purposely. I rely on my instincts at a very high percentage of every decision that I make. I listen very deeply to the voice within, and most of the time it wins over logic and “overthinking” life decisions. Sometimes this gets me in trouble, but I can’t deny its success rate in my career. Whenever I over-analyze or listen to too many opinions, it doesn’t seem to work out in the end. So, I guess that you could say that I believe that Nature will steer us if we listen intently. As Paulo Coelho writes; “The World will conspire to help you.”
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My paintings were recently shown at the Walt Disney Family Museum for a Mickey Mouse retrospective. It was an honor to be hanging between Charles Shultz and Andy Warhol. Another artist there was interviewed and asked, which piece was his favorite in the entire exhibit. His answer was “Robison’s paintings because it’s a hybrid between animation and fine art. It is not one or the other, he somehow makes it work,” This was a huge compliment for me, and without knowing it, he told me what sets me apart from the others. I still get excited that my “crazy, loose” expressions; that I create in my studio alone, go out to the World…and make people smile. A lesson I have learned and still learning is to be a good listener. I guess that I want the world to remember me as an artist that gave the World all the colors and emotions and energy that I could. And that I provided people an escape from their everyday life. To take a subject and turn it into a mind-blowing feast of texture and color should provoke an emotional response. And that shot of adrenaline is good for people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I was born in Los Angeles and even though I now live in Hawaii, it’s still in my blood. California kids .. stay California kids. When I visit LA, I always stay at The Langham in Pasadena. I get settled in, then hit the pool with my family. Then I visit the Hotel bar “Tap Room”. I relax there with my wife over a cold Martini, while my sons pass the football on the great lawn below. The view of the San Gabriel Valley is Beautiful, even with the smog influenced Orange Dusk skyline. I eat dinner at Trejos Cantina, or Mi Piace on Colorado Blvd. The next morning I do a workout or jog, then jump in the pool, I love swimming in the mornings. Breakfast is at The Poolside Terrace restaurant. My sons love the thick and crispy French Toast. I usually meet my daughter and her family here and we plan our visit. And, the words “IN-N-OUT today!” always come up. If I don’t go to a theme park [which is usually a must], then we always hit In-n-Out in Alhambra or Pie-N-Burger in Pasadena and take the lunch to Lacy Park in San Marino. This is where I grew up. I have very fond memories of this Park. Then I visit the local Comic Book store. For. Dinner. ..We drive over to Studio City to Tera Sushi, and if the Lakers are playing we try to go to the Game. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt my teachers at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In particular, Doug Halbert and Richard Pietruska. The foundation of my art today is based on the visual principles of these Professors. Professionally speaking, Marty Sklar, then President of Walt Disney Imagineering. His discovery of my talent launched my popularity which led to Galleries and merchandise/products worldwide. Also, I would like to Shoutout Bob Weis, current president of Walt Disney Imagineering, who has championed my work and is moving my visuals to new arenas. And lastly, If I could, I would thank Herb Ryman, De Kooning, and Van Gogh. And definitely, my Mother Nancy Robison, and my younger brother Glenn Robison. Those two have believed in me from the very early years. There is nothing like the support of family to boost your dreams.