Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I'm honored that Delta Gallery in Brentwood has invited me to be their Featured Artist in recognition of my recent selection as the Brentwood Art Society's Artist of the Year.  The gallery is showcasing a colorful roomful of my paintings as part of the holiday-season exhibit through the end of December.

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

Current Exhibits
Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts   Delta Gallery, Brentwood CA, Oct 11 - Dec 29. Opening Reception Sat Oct 13, 6 - 8 pm.

On the Horizon
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.

Follow Nancy on Instagram @nancyrobertartist
Contact her at nrobertsart@sbcglobal.net
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Blake Garden Overlook

"Blake Garden Overlook", Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Blake Garden has spectacular bay views.  It was a joy painting with friends in this peaceful garden on a crisp, glittering Bay Area day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tiny Garden

"Tiny Garden", Acrylic on Gessobord, 4" x 4", © Nancy Roberts
This cute little painting will be part of a special collection of "minis" available for the holiday season at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek.  Showcasing a colorful wall full of 4" x 4" paintings created and donated by the gallery's artists, the exhibit is a fundraiser to help purchase art supplies for local schools. The minimum donation to buy a mini is $20, but higher donations are encouraged to support this charitable cause.  You may have to arm-wrestle another collector to score minis by your favorite artists!

The mini exhibit kicks off with a Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 17, 11 am to 5 pm as part of Valley Art Gallery's 53rd Annual Holiday Collection for Artful Giving. Learn more at Valley Art Gallery

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Happy Kids!

Central Blvd. and Griffith Lane, Brentwood CA

"Happy Kids!" utility box mural, © Nancy Roberts

More Happy Kids!

Finished my utility box mural!  It's at the corner of Central Blvd. and Griffith Lane in Brentwood, California.  I received lots of nice comments from residents driving, walking and cycling by as I worked.  One friendly guy called out from his car "That's me! The blue one!"

Many thanks to the Brentwood Arts Commission and the City of Brentwood for organizing the awesome Utility Box Mural program.  Fun project!

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. 

And here's a very nice follow-up!  "Valero" received the First Place Award for August, 2018 in the Daily Paintworks monthly competition!

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!

Update:  This painting is now available at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery in Benicia, California.

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.