Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Joyful Color
Paintings by Nancy Roberts
Milinda Perry Gallery

Benicia, CA
January 1 - February 28, 2018
Reception Friday, January 19, 5 - 7 pm

Showcasing a colorful collection of my recent acrylic landscapes and cityscapes.  Milinda Perry Gallery, 117 East F Street, Benicia CA 94510, (707) 361-5097.  Learn more at


Delta Gallery
Brentwood, CA
Glad to be exhibiting at Delta Gallery again!  My paintings and note cards are part of the beautiful holiday-season show, on display now through the end of December. Delta Gallery is in The Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2485 Sand Creek Rd., Suite 128, Brentwood CA 94513, (925) 516-5935. Open Thurs 12-5, Fri 12-9, Sat 12-9 and Sun 12-5. Learn more at
Valley Art Gallery
Walnut Creek, CA
I'm happy to be back at Valley Art!  Four of my recent landscapes are available there through Spring, 2018. One cool thing about Valley Art Gallery is that you can rent the artwork. If you fall in love with a piece your rental fees are applied to your purchase.  Such a deal! Visit the gallery to browse a lovely collection of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, note cards and more by Bay Area artists. 1661 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek CA 94596. (925) 935-4311. Learn more at
Artistas Naturalistas
 Art of the Natural World
Nov 1 - Jan 8
Bankhead Theater, Livermore
I have two paintings in this lovely show. Learn more at


I love working from life, but I find that reality is just a jumping-off point for me. The essence of the subject inspires my framework, and then I take the design in exciting new directions with energized color, dancing shapes and rhythmic patterns. Unfolding with a life of its own, each new painting is a joyful journey!
Nancy Roberts is a professional artist, art instructor and retired architect. Painting in acrylic, oil and pastel she enjoys seeing the world through slightly quirky eyes. Her work has garnered many awards and is included in collections across the country. You can see her work at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek CA, Delta Gallery in Brentwood CA and online at Daily Paintworks.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Black Diamond Gold

"Black Diamond Gold", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's one of my favorite spots, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Northern California. This time of year the hills are a rich patchwork of flaxen gold and dusty greens. Pure joy!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gourd Arbor

"Gourd Arbor", Acrylic on Gessobord 14" x 11", © Nancy Roberts
I painted this inside a gourd arbor -- a tunnel-shaped trellis covered with vines -- at the historic Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, CA. Gourds of every size and shape hung overhead and created a magical space. I felt like I'd fallen through the rabbit hole and discovered Wonderland!

Inside the secret garden!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Filoli Unknotted

"Filoli Unknotted", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I painted this at Filoli, a beautiful historic estate in the woodlands south of San Francisco. My spot was the Knot Garden where mounds of herbs are planted in complex, intertwining designs, but I decided to untangle the knots and create this serpentine hedge in their place.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mythic Garden

"Mythic Garden", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's another desert gardenscape I started at the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The title is inspired by a lovely piece by Canadian composer Howard Shore I listened to while finishing this painting in my studio.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shipyard Special

"Shipyard Special", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Started this at the Western Railway Museum near Rio Vista, and finished it in my studio today. Built in the late 1800's, this classic streetcar started life as an elevated train in New York City. It was brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during WWII to transport workers to the shipyards. I was attracted to its jaunty stripes and intricate railings, and the design of the electrical wires in the sky above. So fun to paint!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Desert Tapestry

"Desert Tapestry", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I started this at the U.C. Botanical Garden in Berkeley, CA and finished it in my studio today. This spectacular garden has plants from all over the world growing in zones landscaped to re-create their native environments. I fell in love with the "Deserts of the Americas" area, with its stony, terraced terrain and glorious collection of cacti. I can't wait to go back and explore the rest of the world!