Creating artwork through creative expression offers amazing healing power in recovery

Recovery art tells a story often from a place deep in our souls. A story that, so subtly whispers, “release me and set me free so that you can acknowledge and move forward…”

January 15, 2018, Robin joins to facilitate two art for healing workshops

October 21, 2017 - Robin provided a full day workshop for Ashley Treatment alumni to create their own G.L.A.D. Journal [a technique by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC]. Robin will share art for healing techniques she uses to keep her recovery strong. 

Sept 16, 2017, Robin lead the painting of Recovery Anne Arundel Tree at the Forest of Hope project to help raise awareness and funds for recovery education through the Nikki Perlow Foundation It was an amazing event and we thank all who helped with donations and painting.


August 1, 2017, Great News! Robin's husband Dirk has responded positively to his intense radiation treatments (62 in 31 days) and 4 chemos and the tumor is gone! No more cancer! Thank you God! 

June 2017 - currentBuilding The Shop at Recovery Art Studio (eCommerce Store) to offer Robins original artwork, fine art prints, signed copies of her novel, Gift of Desperation.

June 7, 2017, 5:30pm -7:30pm Meet the Artists, Make Studio, 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211. Robin donated My Path My Recovery© to auction to help raise funds Create for Recovery. Ebay on-line auction June 1-7.

Recovery Journey
My Path, My Recovery

May 16, 2017, Ashley Treatment purchased Growing Strong Recovery  for their permanent art collection. 


Contact us to commission your unique piece of recovery art today.  For more information about commissions, contact us at or (410) 610-6753

April 24, 2017, was a bittersweet day for Robin. First she had to make sure her husband, Dirk was situated at home okay after finishing radiation treatment for head/neck cancer. Then at the Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show, Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady recognized her, for her contribution to removing the stigma about mental illness/addiction and recovery through Recovery Art. Robin was one of only 20 artists juried into the show! Mrs. Hogan along with New Day Campaign hosted the show.

March 2 - June 15, 2017 - Robin's Calvert County 350 (2004) mixed media memory collage was juried into the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport exhibit, Maryland Historic Connections. It is open to the public in Departures between gates C&D. Stop by and see it if you are traveling out of the BWI airport.


On February 22, 2017, Robin's husband was diagnosed with head/neck cancer. He will be undergoing intense radiation therapy/chemo  for 6-7 weeks starting on March 8th.  As a result, starting in March, Robin will be temporarily stepping down from her On Going events to be a care-partner to Dirk. Robin is very grateful for being in recovery for she knows that is what is going to help her suit up and show up for Dirk during this very trying time!

Robin still plans on creating and exhibiting to help her process this new journey and continue to advocate for the healing power of art in recovery. She thanks everyone for their prayers and support!

January 2016 - Current: Member of Recovery Anne Arundel County (first Thursday of every month)

January - June 2017: Secretary of Recovery Anne Arundel - a coalition of organizations in Anne Arundel county, Maryland, working together to break the stigma of addiction and find solutions for providing recovery services.

November 2016 - February 2017: Robin joined the Restoration Community Development Corporation (RCDC) staff as the recovery art educator for the Robinwood Adolescent Recovery Clubhouse. Robin is super excited to teach the healing power of art to these children!

February 3, 2017, Robin met with Kate Joyce to join the Create for Recovery campaign, sponsored by Mosaic Community Services. Recovery Art Studio is honored and blessed to collaborate with them to help break the stigma about mental illness and addiction through art. Stay tuned for up coming news on their art auction to be held May 31 - June 7, 2017! 

February 9, 2017, Monthly workshop with Robinwood Adolescent Recovery Clubhouse - starting  a project for children to create their own mailboxes out of cigar boxes. A big thanks to Davidus Cigars in Annapolis for their support!

January 23, 2017, Robin visits her elementary school - where her dream of helping others heal through art began - to provide her STARS© collage workshop to the teachers.

Thursday, January 12, 2017, Monthly Recovery Art Workshop at the Robinwood Adolescent Recovery Clubhouse

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5pm ET - Listen to a live interview with Robin on Spirit of Recovery-Where Spirituality and Recovery Meet - Tapping Into the Healing Power of Art 

December 29, 2016, Light House - A Homeless Prevention Support Center, Robin is facilitating a Dream Collage Workshop for the adult residents to help set positive intentions for the new year. [Residents are expected to be in recovery as a requirement to participate in the Light House Program]

December 23, 2016, Light House - A Homeless Prevention Support Center, Robin is facilitating a Gratitude Coloring Workshop to teach the children residents about adopting an attitude of gratitude in all their actions.

Jan - Dec 2016, Secretary for ROSC Outreach Committee

Friday, Nov 11, 2016Special Paint Night for Pathways' Staff - . Robin is going to lead the well deserving staff at Pathways - part of the Anne Arundel Medical Center - who stand up every day to fight addiction, on a virtual vacation through a fun night of painting. 

November 10, 2016, Robinwood Adolescent Recovery Clubhouse - taught a Graffiti Art Journaling workshop

November 8, 2016, Robinwood Adolescent Recovery Clubhouse - taught a Gratitude Collage workshop.

Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, Recovery Art Studio is excited to present: Destress With the Healing Power of Art - a Tool for Long-Term Recovery, as a hands-on workshop at the NAMI Maryland 2016 Conference  

Oct 2, 2016,  Recovery Art Studio presentation at Recovery Anne Arundel - monthly meeting

September 2016 - National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month


Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016, Chase Brexton Health Services is hosting & Robin is facilitating: Celebrating Recovery Through Art Expression Night, 1111 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Up to 25 current and former patients may participate free - to help support this event – please visit:

Sunday, Sept 25, 2016, Annapolis 5th Annual Recovery Walk, Noon to 4pm, Stanton Center, 92 W Washington St, Annapolis, MD 21401- walk loud and proud for recovery! Recovery Art Studio is hosting a family coloring table with a FREE coloring sheet for kids and adults!

Annapolis 5th Annual Recovery Walk

Saturday, Sept 24, 2016, Women's Fair & Expo 10am – 4pm - FREE

Robin will share her story along with a mini-workshop – From the Crack Pipe to the Good Life: Destressing with the Healing Power of Art. 1:15 to 2:15pm, SUN Room 204. Workshops hold 20 people and are available on a first-come basis  - see artwork created.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:30pm: Film screening of Generation Found at the Harbor 9 theater in Annapolis Harbour Center, 2747 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Click here to reserve your tickets. By the producers of The Anonymous People - an important film about how a community gathers together to save their teenagers from addiction.  We still need more reservations to to make it happen.

Friday, September 9, 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Special AA SESSIONS - Gift of Desperation  Book Reading and Signing with local author, Robin M. Gilliam - sobriety date 2/6/91. Hosted by Dawn's 12 Step Store  at Castles in the Sand, basement of the Waverley Castle, 3701 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City MD 21842. Hours: Wed  2:00 pm-11:00 pm; Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am to 11:00 pm; and Sunday Final Day 9 am to 12 pm.

 Gift of Desperation Book Reading and Signing

Wednesday , August 31, 2016, is International Overdose Awareness Day: Recovery Anne Arundel ROSC will host a candlelight vigil to honor lives lost to overdose at 701 Aquahart Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. Doors open at 7:15pm.

International Overdose Awareness Day

 June 23, 2016 - Recovery Over Dinner, Two Rivers Steak  Fish House, Pasadena, MD. 100 tickets each for $50, $20 to go to support the Annapolis Recovery Walk. Robin Gilliam displayed an art show of her new mixed media collages and prints of intuitive paintings, along with Chris Roe who showed his gorgeous photographs. Robin also gave away a signed copy of her recovery novel, Gift of Desperation. Heather Eshelman was the lucky winner!

June 18, 2016 - Join Recovery Art Studio at: H2O 4 Life Health Symposium - Reconnecting Enthusiastic and Determined Youth from 12-4pm, H2o 4 Lifeat the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403. Stop by the Recovery Art Studio table for a chance to win a signed copy of Robin's Nationally Acclaimed novel, Gift of Desperation, and to join in on our community art project.

May 19, 2016 – visit/support for Raising Mental Awareness Through Art by Maryland Coalition for Mental Health Awareness, American Visionary Center.

 May 12, 2016 – visit to Powell Recovery Center in Baltimore City to meet artist in residence and to tour their art studio.

 May 11, 2016 – Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC) purchases copies of Gift of Desperation.

 May 11, 2016 – Attended Pathways of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Family Wellness Networking Event: Introduced my novel, Gift of Desperation, plans to develop a comprehensive art for healing program around it, and goal to incorporate program into recovery/rehab facilities.

 April 26, 2016 – Attended New Life Open House in Pasadena, Maryland.

 April 22, 2016 Chrysalis House: Provided Speaker’s Series on Art for Healing: From the Crack Pipe to the Good Life for 25 clients

April 15, 2016 Northeast High School – Networking Breakfast and Success Conference with 50 students: Provided De-stress with Art Workshop for 7 students.

April 10, 2016Hoops for Hope Basketball Game – Recovery Unity in the Community for Anne Arundel County, Maryland: Member of ROSC Outreach Team responsible for coordinating event.

Listen to Robin’s Live interview with Donna Woolam-Living At My Best and learn about her plans for Recovery Art Studio, original release November 20, 2015.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015  WSA-TV Live Interview with Laura Rubinstein (Our host) and the other strong women leaders on my panel: Natalie Currie (coaching others to focus on their strengths to create positive work), Felicia Johnson (Author of Her-a powerful story about mental illness-BPD), and Julia Beauchamp (Coaching others through the transformational power of speaking). See it anytime at:


Sunday, October 4, 2015, 11am –  Book signing at UNITE to Face Addiction National Rally  on the DC Mall. Join us to break the silence about addiction! Let’s Rock and Roll our Recovery

Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, June 14, 2014 from 11:00 to 2:30pm, JOIN me for a Book Signing and sale of vintage quilt ornaments at the Annapolis Quilt Guild, Quilts By the Bay Show. Annapolis Senior High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401  

April 28, 2015, original airdate -  Listen to my Radio Interview anytime with Attorney Author John J. Higgins, to find out more about my book and how I plans to use it to move art and healing out into the world. 

Friday – February 27, 2015, 10:00am to 2:00pm – Book Signing: Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXVI, Hampton Roads Convention Center, – Dover Street Booksellers booth #404 – 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666,  Exit 263, just off 1-64

February 28, Saturday, between 10:30 – 3:00pm - Stop by Dover Street Booksellers Booth #404 on Saturday, for a book signing with Loris Nebbia – Author of Solomon’s Puzzle.

Saturday – January 31, 2015, 10:00am to 1:00pm – Book Signing: Cottonseed Glory Quilt Shop – Join me and enjoy their BIG Super Bowl Weekend Quilt Sale – 4 Annapolis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401   (410) 263-3897

December 6, 2014, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Book Signing: SoSuku Boutique Holiday Extravaganza, 914 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD, 21043, Next to The Main Ingredient. Join us for fun, food, fantastic clothes & accessories and an aweinspiring book. Books are $15.00 which includes tax.

December 1, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Book Signing: Annapolis Quilt Guild December Meeting – Holiday Market, Annapolis, MD, 21043. Books are $15.00 which includes tax.

November 12, 2014 Noon EST, LISTEN ANYTIME TO: “Let’s Coach with Mark & Carolyn” 

Creating Healing - Life happens and happens hard. Robin M. Gilliam uses creative expression to deal with tragic events, and not only heal and recover but find hope and strength to help others.  Join Mark and Carolyn as they talk with Robin about how she uses art and writing to heal herself and others.