|Seascape by Ray Roberts, oil painting.
Ray Roberts: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Ray Roberts is best known for his seascapes, figurative
work, and majestic views of California and the Southwest, and is one of California's most respected plein air
artists. He seeks to find rhythm, beauty, and ambiguity in painting
while searching for a sense of time and place. The
great outdoors is Ray's studio. A bit of an adventurer, he's been known to
backpack for several days into the wilderness, set up his easel on a cliff
edge, or in the surf, for just the right setting.
Inspired by such early California Impressionists as Hanson
Puthuff, William Wendt, and William Ritschel, Roberts believes in the
importance of artistic legacy and, like his other great hero Maynard Dixon,
shares a reverence for the land and a marked spirituality in his work.
Roberts attended the Art Center College of Design, in
Pasadena, where he studied with John Asaro, Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob,
and Mark Daily, among other great artists. He
first pursued a career as an illustrator, establishing a studio in Los Angeles
and then Scottsdale, Arizona. He got up the courage to switch to fine art in
1992 and has never looked back. He is a signature member of the
Plein-Air Painters of America, the California Art Club, and the Laguna Plein
Air Painters Association and has participated in numerous invitational
exhibitions and group shows.
Awards and honors have included Best of Show in the Irvine
Heritage Show; the Artists' Choice Award at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational;
and the Gold Medal award for Best Painting at the California Art Club's 94th
Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, among others. Roberts lives with his wife,
artist Peggi Kroll-Roberts, in northern California and is represented by James
J. Rieser Fine Art, in Carmel, California; Knowlton Fine Art, in Lodi,
California; Medicine Man Galleries, in Tucson, Arizona; and Michael Hollis Fine
Art, in South Pasadena, California. For more information, visit his webpage.
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