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I create to recover from the disease of addiction. Today in recovery - 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 discarded 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, quiet my mind, and celebrate successes.

Yumi Hogan, recovery art studio, reduce addiction stigma, clean and sober

Robin M. Gilliam at the Behavior Health Awareness Art Show-4/24/17 hosted by Maryland’s First Lady, Mrs. Yumi Hogan.


Recovery Art Studio sponsors the Recovery Art Movement. We educate, encourage, and empower Recovery Art Warriors© (RAW©) to create their dreams and reclaim their light through the healing power of art. We are a social media recovery influencer, breaking the stigma about addiction & mental illness, and inspiring hope.

RAWs are recovering from trauma, including #MeToo, & addictions (all types). RAWs are on a mission of self-love, self-caring, and self-construction. We bravely weed out the darkness of trauma to help reclaim our light and grow our beautiful gardens through creative expression and the healing power of art. All genders are welcome. RAWs need NOT have prior artistic experience.

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Robin began her recovery journey on February 6, 1991 after escaping a violent marriage that ended in rape & sodomy, and surviving a crack cocaine overdose. After 23 years in recovery, Robin published her recovery & art for healing novel, Gift of Desperation. As 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. Meet Claire Sebastian - the first Recovery Art Warrior - in Gift of Desperation.

Robin is the Founder and Director of Recovery Art Studio. Robin’s work can be found in collections that include Ashley Addiction Treatment.

She has a B.A. in fine arts and psychology from Goucher College, Towson, MD, 1984.

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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 art, clean and sober


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