Robin Manelis photo
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
– Albert Einstein

Artist Statement

As long as I can remember, I’ve made things with my hands. It’s both the challenges and the resulting products that I love. Solving puzzles, learning new things and excelling in skills motivates and inspires me. The fact that I can make a quilt from scraps of fabrics, a stuffed animal from some yarn and cotton, or turn a piece of white paper into an image that looks so real you want to touch it fills me with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

Although my journey with colored pencils began with portraiture and still lifes, it wasn’t until I started to draw botanicals, that I really became passionate about drawing and about nature itself. Now, I find beauty and inspiration for my art whenever I’m outside. Whether it’s walking my dog or running errands in my car, I can’t help but marvel at all the natural beauty around me.

When I want further inspiration, I grab my camera and visit a botanical garden. There are so many incredible details that I would miss if it were not for my camera’s macro and zoom settings. The abundance of vibrant colors, textures and shapes found in nature fascinate me. I also love how sunlight makes petals and leaves translucent, thorns glow and creates the most interesting shadows. It is my hope to inspire others by sharing these natural wonders through my artwork.



  • Honorable Mention, Light Space & Time, Botanical Art Exhibit 2018 – Beauty Among Thorns
  • 3rd Place, Ann Kullberg’s 19th Annual COLOR Magazine Member Show 2018 – First Bloom
  • Honorable Mention, Arizona Artist Guild Winter Juried Exhibition 2017 – Sun Kissed
  • 2nd Place, WHAM West Gallery, Approach of Life, December 2017 – Dangerous Beauty
  • Featured Artist, CPAL December 2017 Expert Division – Flamboyant
  • Honorable Mention, Colored Pencil Magazine 2017 Competition – Sun Kissed
  • 1st Place, Arizona Artist Guild October 2017 Artist of the Month – Sun Kissed
  • Honorable Mention, Ann Kullberg 18th Annual Color Magazine Member Show – Mid Day Glory
  • Featured Artist, CPAL March 2017 Expert Division – Elegance
  • Special Merit Award, Light Space & Time, 7th Annual Botanicals Show – Within the Thorns
  • Special Merit Award, Light Space & Time, 7th Annual Animals Show – Harmony
  • Featured Artist, CPAL November 2016 Advanced Division – New Beginnings
  • Special Recognition Artists, Light Space & Time, 6th Annual Nature Show – Garden Glory
  • Special Recognition Artists, Light Space & Time, 6th Annual Botanicals Show – Succulent


  • Colored Pencil Society of America, 27th International Exhibition

    City of Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Circle, Brea, CA 92821

    First Bloom

  • Arizona Artist Guild, 2019 AAG Statewide Exhibition
    May 10, 2019 – June 20, 2019
    West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Plz, Surprise, AZ
    Beauty Among Thorns
  • LightSpaceTime, Botanicals Art Exhibit 2018
    August 2018.
    View the exhibition
    Beauty Among Thorns
  • Manhattan Arts International, HerStory 2018
    June 20, 2018 – August 20, 2018
    View the exhibition
    First Bloom
  • Shemer Art Center, Arizona’s Desert Beauty
    May 29, 2018 – July 12, 2018
    Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
    Sun Kissed
  • Arizona Artist Guild, 2018 AAG Statewide Exhibition
    May 10, 2018 – July 5, 2018
    West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Plz, Surprise, AZ
    First Bloom
  • Arizona CPSA Chapter, Spring into Color
    April 9, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
    Brilliance, Elegance, Nature’s Bounty
  • West Valley Art Museum, 2018 Celebration of Artists
    February 26, 2018 – April 12, 2018
    8401 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ
    Anticipation, Dangerous Beauty
  • WHAM West Gallery, Approach of Life, Juried Invitational
    December 1-30, 2017
    16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ
    Anticipation, Dangerous Beauty, Flamboyant
  • Arizona Artist Guild, Winter Juried Exhibition
    November 19, 2017 – January 16, 2018
    18411 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85023
    Sun Kissed, Within the Thorns, Desert Fireworks
  • Arizona CPSA Chapter, Coloring Outside the Lines
    November 6, 2017 – January 4, 2018
    West Valley Art Museum, 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ
    Mid Day Glory, Pink Lilies, Serenity
  • Arizona Artist Guild, Celebrating 90 Years
    October 28, 2017 – May 13, 2018
    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 4, Level 3
    Arizona Snowman
  • Herberger Gallery at the Arizona Center, Nature Nurtures Us
    September 15, 2017 – November 9, 2017
    455 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1200, Phoenix, AZ
    Desert Fireworks
  • West Valley Art HQ Gallery, 6th Annual Floral & Botanical
    March 9, 2017 – April 21, 2017
    16126 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ
    Elegance, Nature’s Bounty, Fruit of our Labors


  • Richeson75, 2019 Still Life & Floral Exhibit Book – Beauty Among Thorns
  • Ann Kullberg CP Treasures VI –  Purple Passion
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, April 2019 – Golden Delicious
  • Artsy Shark, Featured Artist Robin Manelis, October 2018
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, September 2018 – Colored Pencil Tip, Desert Brilliance
  • Ann Kullberg COLOR Magazine and Blog, September 2018 – Beauty Among Thorns, Blog Article
  • Ann Kullberg COLOR Magazine, August 2018 – First Bloom
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, August 2018 – Beauty Among Thorns
  • Ann’s Colored Pencil News & Stuff! – Some Things I’ve Learned Along the Way, May 14, 2018
  • Richeson75, 2018 Still Life & Floral Exhibit Book – First Bloom
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, April 2018 –  First Bloom
  • Ann Kullberg CP Treasures V –  Sun Kissed
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, 2018 Calendar –  Sun Kissed
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, November 2017 –  Sun Kissed
  • Richeson75, 2017 Still Life & Floral Exhibit Book, Meritorious Entry – Elegance
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, July 2017 – Desert Fireworks
  • Ann Kullberg COLOR Magazine, July 2017 – Mid Day Glory
  • Ann Kullberg COLOR Magazine, June 2016 – Mom’s Buttons
  • Ann Kullberg 2016 CP Hidden Treasures III – Roses are Forever