Images of the night painted on large canvases. This other reality fascinates the painter —the illusive reality from within brought into consciousness. Using many motifs with universal themes —the psyche of mankind from pre-history and pre-language —the archetypal symbols of love, war, life, and death, expressed in vivid colors.

“With Robertshaw, we enter another land entirely: the inner landscape of dreams where nightmares and demons dwell... While her color is bold... it’s the offbeat color of floodlights on the dramatic stage, where everything glows like neon with a strange, unnatural, chalky luminosity. Some of her figures are faceless, even fuzzy and indistinct, just as we experience them in the dream world. Most of them are nude: chartreuse and blue, pink and purple, midway in motion, frozen in time as we recall them when we awake the next morning.”

Over the years Thea discovered that these themes flowed together in many of her paintings combining elements of nature, dream, vision and memory.

Images of the night painted on large canvasses. This other reality fascinates the painter —the illusive reality from within brought into consciousness. Thea uses many motifs with universal themes and expresses the psyche of humankind from pre-history and pre-language. These are the archetypal symbols of love and war, life and death expressed in vivid colors.

In one of the early paintings we find ourselves in a frozen wasteland. The scenery is Ice & snow. Yet a golden figure with outstretched wings emerges out of the fog. The painter is engulfed with warmth as they merge. Other scenes in the Far North follow. Mythical animals appear in "Going Away." This mystical quality presented by the dream continues to influence the painter in future work.

Gallery of Paintings Based on Dreams . . .

Sometimes more real than this reality, sometimes larger than life as in “Mother’s Cupboard.” Locked away are the dolls and the child’s books to be traded for food during a time of war and hunger. In “The Sound” the recurring nightmare is also a strong memory reminiscent of Munch’s the “Scream.” Edvard Munch also experienced a traumatic childhood. In this painting we sense the agony of the child yet we are taken by the bold colors that glow with an intensity and a dynamic sense of expression in the lines and brush strokes. A recent painting from a memory is “Margarete Priester” Thea’s piano teacher who was hidden in her house in Holland during World War II. This painting is the most expressionistic, the most emotionally and psychically charged. The colors and lines are violent. The artist never dared to paint this painful scene before as she watched her beloved teacher being taken away as the Gestapo held a gun to her head. The dog by the piano appeared during the painting unconsciously guided by the painters brush. Later thought of as Anubus the Egyptian dog that guided the soul to the other side.


Gallery of Paintings Based on Memories . . .

In these paintings we see an overlapping of dreams, memories and the mystical. Animals, trees and the elements take on a significant role. The indigenous peoples and shamans say, “We are all related, everything is sacred.” In “The Wind” everything vibrates with color and movement. The bear and other creatures blend into the scenery, reflect in the water and hide in the shadows. The whole creates a mystery with a mystical quality. In nature the artist finds a wealth of expression giving her freedom with form and color, finding her own path. And as Henry Miller said, “The adventure is a metaphysical one.”

Gallery of Paintings Based on Nature . . .

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