Robin Wallenfang is a freelance artist with over 40 years of experience in oil painting, mural painting, and stained glass. She has a gallery, studio, and workshop at Wallenfangs of Green Lake, where she exhibits her work. Several of her murals in the area can be seen at the Berlin and Ripon libraries, the Green Lake Conference Center Kraft Dining Hall, Knickerbocker Landing in Princeton, and at Wallenfangs of Green Lake.
A collaborative effort between her and the community, the exterior mural Robin painted of the four seasons on the Wautoma Public Library lasted 17 years. It measured 100 feet long and 20 feet tall. It was the largest mural in Wisconsin.
Oil paintings on canvas begin with photographs to create a sketch on canvas. Robin then breaks down the process of composition into simple steps. Before painting color on canvas, she adds a tissue-paper collage to the drawing, creating new colors as they overlap, bleed, and blend into each other, revealing harmonious transitions between shapes and hues.
With the design process completed, she begins painting on canvas, concentrating on mixing and matching the colors that she has already created in the collage, then finishing with additional line design.
In the cover painting of the J. Lawson, several photos were taken as the boat cruised into the dock from a charter. The most dynamic image showed the reflections of the lettering distorted by the movement of the water, and that became the easy choice to paint. The composition included only drawing and painting in a freestyle and casual feeling, expressive of the summer day in Green Lake that inspired it.