Thursday, March 14, 2019


I had a wonderful time painting in the desert last week during the Borrego Plein Air Invitational! The paintings our group created during the event will remain on exhibit at the Borrego Art Institute through March 31. Learn more at  Borrego Art Institute 13th Annual Plein Air Invitational
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
   Benicia CA
Valley Art Gallery  Walnut Creek CA
Delta Gallery   Brentwood CA
Daily Paintworks   online

Current Exhibits
Borrego Plein Air Invitational Exhibit, through March 31 at the Borrego Art Institute, Borrego Springs, California
March Collection   Benicia Plein Air Gallery

Upcoming Exhibits
Color Journeys: Nancy Roberts, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, April 4 - May 5. Reception Saturday, April 6, 4 - 6 pm

Nancy Roberts Featured Artist,  Firehouse Arts Center Hallway Gallery, concurrent with the Harrington Gallery's Fresh Works Exhibit, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA, April 24 - May 29. Reception Saturday, April 27, 1 - 3 pm

Acrylic Demo, Livermore Art Association Spring Art Show, Saturday, April 7, 1 - 4:30 pm, The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave. Livermore CA 94550. Open to the public, admission is free.

Acrylic Demo: Plein Air Techniques, Concord Art Association meeting, Saturday, July 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St, Concord, CA 94519. Open to the public, admission is free.

I love working from life, but reality is just a jumping-off point. I start by paring a thing down to its structure, then respond to its spirit with energized color and pattern. Each new painting is an exciting, uncharted 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. 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.

You can also now order prints and gift items featuring Nancy's artwork through Fine Art America. Click here to visit her FAA shop: Nancy Roberts Art Collections

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Diablo Between Storms

"Diablo Between Storms", acrylic on canvas 4" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

A rare chilly day in East Contra Costa County, with storm clouds hovering around Mt. Diablo. Snow from the night before was melting before my eyes as I painted this view from my studio window! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Vaqueros Spring

"Vaqueros Spring", Acrylic on Panel, 9" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
Los Vaqueros Watershed is a beautiful, peaceful valley near Brentwood in Northern California. On this early Spring day the terrain glowed with iridescent greens while icy blue hints of Winter still lingered in the shadows.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Black Diamond Winter

"Black Diamond Winter", acrylic on linen 12" x 12", © Nancy Roberts
I've been enjoying my studio time during this cold weather. Finished this one today, started at Black Diamond a few months ago. Hoping to convey the feeling of a mysterious terrain mantled in subdued colors and icy light.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Mitchell Canyon

"Mitchell Canyon", acrylic on linen 16" x 12", © Nancy Roberts

Happy New Year!

Started this painting alongside Judith Kunzle and Samantha McNally, and finished in my studio today. Mitchell Canyon is a trailhead in Mt. Diablo State Park with beautiful views up the mountain's northern slopes. I love the gentle rhythm of the foothill ridges folding back and forth as they climb toward the summit.