RoByn_ThompsonI use color to keep away the darkness.

RoByn Thompson is a Paterson NJ artist who uses her daily painting practice to defy depression and chronic pain. She is an award-winning fine art body painter, photographer and mixed media artist who uses her art to empower herself and others. It is also a method to explore her world and a tool in her search for meaning. RoByn is also the author of several books and the creator of Colors Keep The Darkness Away, a group painting workshop for people dealing with issues of Sadness.

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Colors Keep the Darkness Away

Ebu-Arts Artist of the Year 2014
2013 Szpilman Award Top 6 list
World Maker Faire, NYC “As Clear as the Dream on your Face”, 2013, 2014
Salmagundi Club, NYC, “2008 Juried Photography/Graphics Exhibition”
Fusion Arts Museum, NY “Art of the Crash”,09 & “Hi Tek Hoop’s Legendary Ladies’ Torsos”, 08
Barsky Gallery, Hoboken “Art’s Salute to Football”, 2014
Twitter Art Show, Moss Norway, 2010
Solo Show at… Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic, Paterson NJ, 2010

Always an artist but reluctant to admit it, RoByn began her journey as a face painter. She soon sought larger canvases and spent a decade exploring the world of body painting. Now she primarily paints with acrylics and light and creates conceptual projects.
Initially painting bodies for prominent photographers,  she  picked up the camera herself, enjoying the creative control of the process from initial sketch to the body painting to capturing the images. Her body paint images are unretouched to retain the integrity of what was created with makeup and her camera. RoByn’s body painting has been seen in such diverse places as the cover of Time Out New York, the Tyra Banks Show, HBO’s Flight of the Concords and Time Magazine’s website.

RoByn’s daily painting practice is a tool to defy depression and chronic pain.  She loves color and is intrigued by that which is abstracted.

A Jersey Girl, RoByn is a lover of art, chocolate, magick and sleep.

She is curious.

(cu•ri•ous–adjective : 1.eager to learn or know; inquisitive. 2. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange).

When not painting, shooting or sleeping:

  • She can sometimes be found singly loudly and off-key or dancing like a White girl.
  • She also loves Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore books. Her secret literary vices include Cosmo Magazine and Death Merchant books.
  • Her favorite movies are The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Paco and her Magical Book.
  • Musically, she’s a Deadhead, loves Bob Marley, Warren Zevon and Mike Oldfield.
  • She is happiest playing with her computer, paints, camera, book and wrapped in her Hello Kitty blankie.
  • She can be distracted with chocolate and shiny things.