Artist Statement

I marvel at the journey of a dragonfly during a walk outside. When the dogs are beside me, we stop to take pictures of flowers with bright colors and sunny dispositions and pick up rusty treasures that sparkle on the street. Shopping yard sales and antique stores yields vintage surprises that capture my imagination about past generations, their challenges and accomplishments.

I weave these found objects into inspirational messages of hope. Creating helps me to process life, heal from trauma, and celebrate successes, therefore, strengthening the recovery process.

Robin M. Gilliam at the Behavior Health Awareness Art Show hosted by Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan.


Education: B.A. in fine arts and psychology from Goucher College, Towson, MD, 1984.

Robin began her recovery journey on February 6, 1991, after escaping a violent marriage and surviving a crack cocaine overdose. After 23 years in recovery, Robin published her novel, Gift of DesperationAs a result, she presents a powerful story about the art of recovery woven around over 40 pieces of her original recovery artwork and stories she heard and needed to process in 12-step rooms.

First and foremost, Robin seeks a quiet and peaceful mind through the action of creating. She is the Founder and Director of Recovery Art Studio. Robin’s work can be found in collections that include Ashley Addiction Treatment.


To educate, encourage and empower you through the healing power of recovery art.


Robin grew up in Columbia, MD, as one of the first settlers in this diverse, planned community. She now lives in Annapolis, MD. When she is not creating in her studio, you can find Robin walking her two dogs by the Chesapeake Bay, at the library looking for a juicy book, or out with her husband, riding their Harleys.

Harley-Davidson, Street Bob, recovery, dreams
Robin on her new-to-her 2016 Harley Street Bob