Artist and Teacher
Robby Schlesinger is a master botanical artist and illustrator based in Philadelphia. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and a founding member of the Florida Botanical Artists Association. Robby is also a certified Montessori art curriculum specialist and an International Baccalaureate Art Teacher.
Robby first pursued art in college as a theatrical designer and costumer. In 2004 she began studying at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, with master artist Olivia Braida Chiusano, director of the Academy of Botanical Art in New York City and Sarasota. She completed a Certificate in Botanical Illustration in 2006. Her valedictory exhibition of 30 masterworks in graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor was called “astonishing, beautifully detailed and beyond realism” by adjudicators.
She served as director of the art programs at NewGate Montessori School in Sarasota, where she taught students in grades one through 12 for 10 years. She says, “Teaching is the most gratifying job that any artist, writer, or designer can do. The energy that you receive from your students fuels your own passion and creativity. It’s the most amazing circle of ideas and inspiration."
Robby has exhibited her artwork in group exhibitions, most recently at the Georgetown (Texas) Art Center. At the IWGS International Art Competition her work received a Best of Show award. She was a frequent exhibitor at the Sarasota Art Center, Mote Marine Center, and Ringling College. Her watercolor “Faces of Freedom” was selected to be featured in the Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibition. Robby is a member of Capital City Scribes in Austin, Texas, and served as exhibition chair for the group in 2016-17. Under her direction, the group mounted its largest exhibition, “Treewhispers,” featuring works by dozens of artists from all over the U.S. Her work has appeared in shows in Austin and Dallas. Most recently, Robby was invited by the Georgetown Bridge Gallery to present a one-person show, a retrospective of her botanical and collage works titled “Finding Beauty.”