Wednesday, August 16, 2017


To view and purchase my work, visit my gallery on Daily Paintworks

 Suburban Sketchers
Plein Air Exhibit
September 7 - October 13
Opening Reception Saturday, September 9, 6 - 8 pm
Delta Gallery, Brentwood CA

I'll have several paintings in this exhibit showcasing the work of our local plein air group, Suburban Sketchers. For information visit

I like giving reality a little tweak -- improvising with color, streamlining shapes and weaving playful patterns. Unfolding with a life of its own, each new painting is a journey and a joy!
Nancy Roberts is a professional artist, art instructor and retired architect. Her paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor are in public and private collections across the country.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  Career highlights so far have included the Carmel Art Festival, the Alameda Plein Air Paint-out, 14 years at the Scene on the Strait in Martinez and several recent solo exhibits at galleries in Brentwood and Antioch.

You can view and purchase Nancy's work online at
Nancy's studio is in Oakley, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  To contact her please e-mail

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hagemann Homestead

"Hagemann Homestead", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
This lovely farmhouse and garden are part of the historic Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, California. In the midst of a bustling suburban neighborhood this peaceful oasis feels like a step back in time.

Hagemann Ranch Corn

"Hagemann Ranch Corn", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted this at the historic Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, California. This beautiful sunflower and vegetable garden is lovingly tended by a local group of young adults.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Delta Spirit

"Delta Spirit", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I love the twirling, rippling reflection of shoreline trees in the quiet waters of Big Break Marina along the San Joaquin River in Northern California. Here they are expressed in joyful, vibrant color!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Diablo from Benicia

"Diablo from Benicia", acrylic on canvas 8" x 24", © Nancy Roberts
I painted this from the shoreline in Benicia, California, looking toward Mt. Diablo. I always love the views from this beautiful area along the Carquinez Strait.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


"Cranes", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I painted this view from the Alameda shoreline, looking across the estuary to the Port of Oakland. Love these magnificent cranes!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Garden Baroque

"Garden Baroque", acrylic on canvas, 24" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's a playful plantscape I started in the Ruth Bancroft Garden and finished in my studio while listening to some glorious Baroque music. The flowering stalks are Puyas and the rest is pure fantasy!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Garden Song

"Garden Song", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's a song of joyful summer color inspired by Ruth Bancroft's glorious garden!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


"Solstice", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
A joyful, glowing morning in the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Celebrating the first day of summer!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Curry Point Vista

"Curry Point Vista", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Painted last week at Curry Point, a switchback in the winding road that climbs Mt. Diablo in Northern California. The views from this location are spectacular in all directions. I decided to look up toward the summit, enjoying the gentle zig-zag of a cool, cascading valley.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Marsh Creek Trail

"Marsh Creek Trail", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

This lovely spot is just off Delta Road in Brentwood, CA.  I started the painting on location a while ago and finished it up today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Garden Tapestry

"Garden Tapestry", Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Another joyful day in the Ruth Bancroft Garden!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dream Garden

"Dream Garden", acrylic on canvas, 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I love painting at the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. With its amazing collection of cacti and succulents the garden is an ever-changing palette of glorious color, shapes and patterns. An artist's dream!

Monday, April 3, 2017


"Flowerfall", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I painted this on a quiet afternoon at Filoli, a beautiful historic estate in the woodlands just south of San Francisco. The meadow was a sea of yellow wildflowers, and in my mind's eye a cascade of flowers came rushing down the hills to meet them. A flowerfall!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Orchard Morning

"Orchard Morning", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12" © Nancy Roberts
Every Spring these gnarly old peach trees come to life with the most glorious pink blossoms.  It's always a joy to paint in this orchard in Brentwood, California.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Orchard

"Spring Orchard", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Here's my favorite cherry orchard on Eureka Avenue in Brentwood, California.  On this crisp, sunny first day of Spring the trees were decked out in sparkling white blossoms and the gentle hum of bees created a zone of perfect peace.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Garden Party

"Garden Party", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's another painting inspired by the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Garden.  With its joyful color and fun, lively shapes this one feels like a party!

Purple Cows

"Purple Cows", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Well, they weren't really purple...   I painted this at Los Vaqueros Watershed last weekend on a gloriously sunny day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

E Ticket

"E Ticket", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

I started this at a paint-out last Saturday at Black Diamond Mines.  It was the first clear day after weeks of rain and the sunshine felt fantastic.  When my friend John Tullis saw my painting he exclaimed "That's an E ticket!"

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Garden Spirit selected for Grand Theatre exhibit

"Garden Spirit", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

I'm honored that my painting "Garden Spirit" has been chosen to be part of the special Expressions! Selections exhibit coming up this Spring at the beautiful Grand Theatre Center of the Arts in Tracy, California!

This is an exclusive group of paintings selected by gallery curator William Wilson from the much larger collection of work comprising the Expressions! exhibit opening later this month at the Tracy Community Center. I'll have four paintings in that show as well, including "Garden Spirit."  Here are details of both exhibits:

2017 Expressions! Exhibit
hosted by the Tracy Art League
Tracy Community Center
February 18 - 24
Details at

Expressions! Selections
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
March 25 - April 29
Details at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


"Theresa", Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 8", © Nancy Roberts

Theresa is a beautiful model who posed for our group at the Lafayette Studio in December.  It was a joy to paint her.