In 1987 Robyn was introduced into the art world through a friend while living in Mildura, Victoria Australia. Completed B.F.A. painting U.C.N.V Bendigo an affiliate with La Trobe University Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Gibson's early works were influenced by the iridescent colours and vast spacial geography found in the Australian outback also within the strangeness and diversity of a few contemporary Australian painters she found a strong affinity with at this time, among others these included Charles Blackman, Sydney Nolan and Joy Hester. Returning to New Zealand 1994 and completed M.F.A sculpture at Elam, Auckland University in 1999-2000.