Saturday, September 8, 2018

I'm proud to now be part of the Benicia Plein Air GalleryCome see my work, along with that of 12 other fine plein air painters, at this beautiful gallery in the heart of historic Benicia. 

Honored that my painting "Valero" has received the First Place Award for August in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest!

The Brentwood Art Society recently named me their Artist of the Year.  What a lovely honor!  I appreciate the nice articles about it in the Brentwood Press and the East Bay Times.

Benicia Plein Air Gallery   Benicia CA
Valley Art Gallery   Walnut Creek CA
Delta Gallery   Brentwood CA
Daily Paintworks   online

Current Exhibits
Suburban Sketchers Plein Air ExhibitDelta Gallery, Brentwood CA, August 16 - September 29
Delta Gallery Summer Show, July 5 - September 29
Pittsburg Fall Art Exhibit, August 4 - September 30. Entrata Gallery981 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg CA 94565. Open Wed - Sun 1 - 5pm

On the Horizon
Paint Pleasanton 2018, September 22 & 23, 2018
Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Plein Air Paint-Out, October 6 & 7, 2018
Borrego Art Institute 13th Annual Plein Air Invitational, March 3 - April 1, 2019

I love working from life, but reality is just a jumping-off point for me. The essence of the scene inspires my initial drawing, 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 exploration!
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 the Benicia Plein Air Gallery in Benicia CA,  Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek CA, Delta Gallery in Brentwood CA and online at Daily Paintworks

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Monday, August 27, 2018


"Valero", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this during the 3rd Annual Benicia Plein Air Paint-Out. While most of the artists chose to paint along Benicia's scenic shoreline, I travelled to the outskirts of town where the oil refinery's tanks, smokestacks and pipes create an eerie, sci-fi landscape. In a fit of whimsy I decided to give these massive spherical tanks tall, spindly legs, and one of them can be seen escaping into the sky in the distance. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Golden Gate

"Golden Gate", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Started this at Fort Baker painting with fellow artist Judith Kunzle.  Buffeted by gale-force winds, it was all we could do to keep our easels from tumbling into the bay. I confess to adding the lines of those thin, straight cables in the shelter of my cozy studio!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Orchard Country, Brentwood

"Orchard Country, Brentwood", acrylic on canvas 12" x 24", © Nancy Roberts
Mt. Diablo frames a peaceful day in Brentwood's beautiful orchard country.  This painting is part of the Suburban Sketchers Plein Air exhibit at Delta Gallery in Brentwood, CA through September 29. Learn more at Delta Gallery.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Smoky Day, North Slopes

"Smoky Day, North Slopes", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Smoke from nearby wildfires draped Mt. Diablo in an eerie haze on this hot August day. Terrain and chaparral blended together in a mysterious, velveteen patchwork.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Blake Garden Bolero

"Blake Garden Bolero", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted with friends a few days ago at the lovely Blake Garden in Kensington, California. Joy!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Diablo North Slopes, Clayton

"Diablo North Slopes, Clayton", acrylic on linen 12" x 16", © Nancy Roberts

Painted at a trailhead in Clayton, California, with dramatic views up the northern slopes of Mt. Diablo.