Robbins was born and bred in New York City. She
felt the call of "art" early in life and
began her career as a fashion illustrator, graduating
from Fashion Institute of Technology. For fifteen
years her work appeared in The New York Times. She
then moved into the advertising world, creating
illustrations for Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey
WorldWide. Her major clients included AT&T,
Children's Tylenol, American Express, Almay and
The subtle, day to day changes of growth and development
in her own daughter became what she describes as
"the most fleeting, precious aspect of life."
Drawing pictures of children and mothers and babies
became her favorite subject. Eventually she created
her own business, Portraits of Childhood.