Roben-Marie is the owner and creative director of Paperbag Studios and she might still be plugging away as a public relations consultant, had the charm of mixed-media collage not lured her away a decade ago. Instead, she spends sun-filled days enjoying the panoramic view from her Port Orange, Florida, studio, surrounded by paint, glazes, papers, ephemera, and rubber stamps from her own artsy line, Paperbag Studios. A third grade blue ribbon in art ignited the initial creative spark, leading to diverse childhood crafting endeavors, including making stuffed animals and Christmas ornaments.
Roben-Marie draws much of her inspiration from the art materials themselves, creating her own markings with lids, sticks, and other serendipitous tools. She thrives on making and working in art journals, which she considers individual collages, and she keeps a tape recorder on her nightstand for those pre-slumber muse visits.
Sharing her art in publications and through teaching at stores and artistic gatherings throughout the country keeps Roben-Marie on the go, but she relaxes by reading, watching romantic comedies and spending time with her husband of 18 years.
She is also very involved with her church and assists her husband as they work with the teenagers weekly in their home. She is working with a group of other Christians to plant a church in their local community and in 2006 and 2007 she experienced her first medical mission trips to Panama and El Salvador. She plans to continue this rewarding work.