North of Boston, a standout studio that matches the art inside.
As a working artist, Robin Luciano Beaty has no shortage of awards and exhibitions to her name. A consummate overachiever, she took on an ambitious new project—constructing a studio to house and display her art. “There came a point when I needed a proper studio to work larger, welcome patrons, and show my work,” says Beaty, 39.
The airy, 900-square-foot studio north of Boston is soaked with natural and track lighting from every angle and boasts movable worktables, piles of artist’s tools, and plenty of wall space to display Beaty’s pieces. The artist even installed a floating second floor to give herself more room without blocking natural light from the high-set windows. This loft-like floor doubles as her office and provides a relaxing escape; it houses a daybed that Beaty craftily constructed out of doors and windows from her childhood home. As if the rustic space weren’t smart enough, Beaty designed the studio to be totally sustainable. Everything—from the studio’s trendy furniture, up-cycled from antique and thrift stores, to the structure’s responsibly sourced lumber and the quick-heating, catalytic wood stove—screams eco-friendly.
It’s the perfect home for her art—that is, before her works find more permanent homes, such as the walls of Boston’s Lanoue Gallery, or private and corporate collections. Known for her beautifully textured and richly colored paintings, Beaty puts her own twist on encaustic (made of beeswax and resin) paints by adding salvaged objects, oils, textiles, and metals to her works. She also textures her paintings by scraping and tearing, as well as building up some layers of paint while burning others down. The techniques result in the look of reflecting water, which Beaty cites as a major influence.
“With water loyally remaining the predominant ‘muse’ in my life, I began a rivers-inspired series. [Recent pieces] Credence and Sonder are extremely detail-driven, telling multiple stories with an amplified range of passage, emotion, and movement,” says Beaty. And it couldn’t have happened without her workspace. “Being [so] hands-on in the process makes me feel that my studio is an extension of my soul and my art. It was a true labor of love.”