Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Delta Gallery
Brentwood, CA
Glad to be exhibiting at Delta Gallery again!  My paintings and note cards are part of the beautiful holiday-season show, on display now through the end of December. Delta Gallery is in The Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2485 Sand Creek Rd., Suite 128, Brentwood CA 94513, (925) 516-5935. Open Thurs 12-5, Fri 12-9, Sat 12-9 and Sun 12-5. Learn more at

Valley Art Gallery
Walnut Creek, CA
I'm happy to be back at Valley Art!  Four of my recent landscapes are available there through Spring, 2018. One cool thing about Valley Art Gallery is that you can rent the artwork. If you fall in love with a piece your rental fees are applied to your purchase.  Such a deal! Visit the gallery to browse a lovely collection of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, note cards and more by Bay Area artists. 1661 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek CA 94596. (925) 935-4311. Learn more at

 En Plein Air:
Livermore Paint-Out Exhibition
September 5 - October 31
Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Three of my plein air paintings are part of this exhibit inspired by historic sites in Livermore. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore CA. For more information visit


I love working from life, but I find that reality is just a jumping-off point for me. The essence of the subject inspires my framework, and then I love taking the design into exciting new directions with energized color, dancing shapes and rhythmic patterns. Unfolding with a life of its own, each new painting is a joyful journey!
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. She is represented by Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, California, and online at Daily Paintworks.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mythic Garden

"Mythic Garden", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's another desert gardenscape I started at the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The title is inspired by a lovely piece by Canadian composer Howard Shore I listened to while finishing this painting in my studio.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shipyard Special

"Shipyard Special", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Started this at the Western Railway Museum near Rio Vista, and finished it in my studio today. Built in the late 1800's, this classic streetcar started life as an elevated train in New York City. It was brought to the San Francisco Bay Area during WWII to transport workers to the shipyards. I was attracted to its jaunty stripes and intricate railings, and the design of the electrical wires in the sky above. So fun to paint!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Desert Tapestry

"Desert Tapestry", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I started this at the U.C. Botanical Garden in Berkeley, CA and finished it in my studio today. This spectacular garden has plants from all over the world growing in zones landscaped to re-create their native environments. I fell in love with the "Deserts of the Americas" area, with its stony, terraced terrain and glorious collection of cacti. I can't wait to go back and explore the rest of the world!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Carnegie Library, Livermore

"Carnegie Library, Livermore", acrylic on canvas 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Here's the historic Carnegie Library in Livermore, California. This beautiful building is now the home of the Livermore Art Association Gallery and the Livermore Historical Museum. Well worth a visit if you haven't been there yet!

Third and J, Livermore

"Third and J, Livermore", acrylic on canvas 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I've really been enjoying exploring and painting the older neighborhoods in Livermore, in Northern California. Here's a pretty pair of vintage homes just down the street from the historic Carnegie Library building.

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.