Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Photo by Tony Kukulich, The Brentwood Press

I've just learned that the Brentwood Art Society has chosen me as their 2018-2019 Artist of the Year.  What a lovely honor!  I appreciate the nice articles about it in the Brentwood Press and the East Bay Times.

Current Exhibits
You can see my work in these current shows.  Click on the exhibit titles for details:

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. Reception Sat Aug 4, 6 - 8 pm.

On the Horizon

Benicia Plein Air Paint-Out,  Benicia Plein Air Gallery, August 25, 2018
Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Plein Air Paint-Out, October 6 & 7
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 Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek CA, Delta Gallery in Brentwood CA and online at Daily Paintworks

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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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


"Edna", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this sketch of the lovely model Edna at an open studio figure day hosted by Carolyn Lord at Las Positas College in Livermore.  This was a fantastic opportunity to work from professional models in a studio lit only by soft, natural skylight. What a pleasure!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Black Diamond Jitterbug

"Black Diamond Jitterbug", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I created this painting working from a sketch I did last Winter at Black Diamond Mines. In my imagination the trees are dancing up the hill atop mysterious, colorful undercurrents.