Saturday, November 16, 2019


"Diablo from Rush Ranch", acrylic on canvas © Nancy Roberts
56th Annual Nor-Cal Regional Juried Art Show, November 9 - January 5 at the Solano Town Center Gallery in Fairfield CA. I'm honored to have two acrylic paintings in this regional exhibit hosted by the Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association.

Representing Nancy Roberts

Cambria Gallery of Art
Cambria, California

Benicia Plein Air Gallery 

Benicia, California

Delta Gallery

Brentwood, California

Valley Art Gallery

Walnut Creek, California

Daily Paintworks   online

Bay Area artist Nancy Roberts is known for her bold use of color, dynamic design and inventive, slightly quirky style.  She loves working from life but thinks of reality as just a jumping-off point.

"I start by paring a thing down to its essence," she says, "then respond to its spirit with energized color and pattern." She enjoys letting a painting unfold with a life of its own, taking unexpected twists and turns and revealing hidden secrets with its own language.  Her crisp lines and joyful color put a fresh new spin on the landscape tradition.

An avid plein air painter, art instructor and retired architect, Nancy loves heading out with friends to paint the beauty of the Bay Area and Northern California. 

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Castle Rock Morning

"Castle Rock Morning," Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Morning light silhouettes a stony ridgeline and bathes the valley in cool shadow on a crisp Autumn day at Castle Rock, near Mt. Diablo in Northern California.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Castle Rock Spirit

"Castle Rock Spirit," acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

My friend Judith Kunzle helped me discover this special place tucked into the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Northern California. At the top of a rugged trail you come face-to-face with these magnificent stone cliffs -- overwhelmingly beautiful! I decided to carve out a design of strong shapes and brilliant color to convey the powerful spirit of this land, this sky, this day.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Diablo Foothills

"Diablo Foothills", Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
This beautiful, peaceful valley nestles into the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Northern California.  On a hot, dry October day, Autumn color vibrated just beneath the surface and the calls of Peregrine falcons pierced the air.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Summer Haze, Lake Chabot

"Summer Haze, Lake Chabot," Acrylic on Linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

On a hot, spare-the-air day in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Chabot and its cradle of hills were draped in a soft, smoggy haze. Marshy circles created a beautiful pattern across the water's surface.

Across the Strait

"Across the Strait", Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

All along Benicia's waterfront you get these fantastic views across the Carquinez Strait to the northern rim of Contra Costa County. The hills are still wild territory with a patchwork of tawny grass and rugged oaks that cast beautiful shadow patterns and reflections. Endless inspiration for painters!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

August Afternoon, Benicia

"August Afternoon, Benicia", Acrylic on Canvas 8" x 10", © Nancy Roberts
Painted with friends Judith Kunzle and Barbara Tapp at a cozy little beach along the Benicia shoreline.  It was so peaceful painting to the gentle sounds of lapping waves, distant trains, shorebirds, and families playing with their dogs. The perfect way to spend a summer afternoon!

Barbara Tapp (left) and Nancy Roberts at work.  Photo by Judith Kunzle.

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