As I arrived home on Friday night I looked down to my welcome mat and saw an Ugg wearing surfer riding a stationary bike. Coast Magazine featured local artist Robin Johnson for it's cover. Her painting immediately grabbed my attention and had me researching more of her work as soon as I walked in the door. This image, as well as the others in the triptych are influenced by the culture of Laguna Beach. According to Robin "it explores themes of identity within the eclectic sub-cultures of Southern California. Presented on identical vintage exercise bikes, Amateur, Novice and Semi-Pro, are personifications of individual expression and purpose. Through the collaboration of the old and the new, these riders embody a region rich in style and diversity."
I am looking forward to viewing more of her work at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach next month.