Ray Roberts


ray roberts, painter, self protrait

Award winning artist, Ray Roberts, was born in 1954 and grew up in an Orange County, California with orange groves, before the days of freeways and sprawling housing developments. It has given him an enduring affection for the untamed, undeveloped California of his youth. 

In 1969, after the early death of his father and mother's ill-health, Ray was sent to Orme School, a beautiful, ranch-style boarding school in the Arizona desert. Its strong fine arts program helped Ray to discover his artistic talent.

He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied under John Asaro. He has also studied under Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob, and Mark Daily, among others.

Art Center is where Ray also met his wife, impressionist painter Peggi Kroll. While dating, the two of them would go out nightclubbing, to sketch rather than dance! It has been a successful partnership ever since.

Like many successful artists before him, Ray 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. As well as being a PAL instructor, Ray currently teaches figure and landscape workshops with Plein Air Liaison, The Art Academy of Petaluma, formerly known as l'Atelier aux Couleurs: the Art Academy, in California, as well as several other locations across the country and abroad. 

Ray and Peggi now live on a 20 acre ranch in Angels Camp, an old California gold rush town, surrounded by the oak-studded hills. Besides being an instructor for PAL, he currently teaches landscape, portrait and figure workshops at the The Art Academy of Petaluma, formerly known as l'Atelier aux Couleurs: the Art Academy, in California, as well as several other locations across the country and abroad.


RAY ROBERTS ON ART

Representational oil painter, Ray Roberts, describes painting as a dialogue and impression defined and refined as he paints. A scene will capture him at his core, inspiring and compelling him to paint. In whatever way one describes it, ultimately his is a reverence for the beauty of the outdoors and a compulsion to respond to it. It is a dialogue with his painting in response to the beauty and intensity of natures design. “When I paint, I don’t choose a scene, it chooses me.”


Awards

2011 Best of Show - Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum
2011 Best of Show - Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Mount Carmel, Utah
2007 Heritage Award, Irvine Heritage Show, San Juan Capistrano, California
2006 Best of Show - First Place Oil, Irvine Heritage Show, San Juan Capistrano, California
2006 Artists’ Choice Award, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
2005 Friends of OPA Award, Oil Painters of America, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club's 94th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California  

2004 Artists' Choice Award- Laguna Plein Air Invitational LagunaArt Museum, Laguna Beach, California
2004 Artists' Choice Award- Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Mount Carmel, Utah
2003 Artists' Choice, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna, California
2003 Artists' Choice Award, Carmel Plein Air Festival, Carmel, California
2003 Honorable Mention, Carmel Plein Air Festival, Carmel, California
2003 Maynard Dixon Award, Sonoran Desert Invitational, Tucson, Arizona
2002 Honorable Mention, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna, California
2001 Honorable Mention, Scene on the Straight, Vallejo, California
2001 American Artist Magazine Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Juried Show, Palm Desert, California
2000 Best of Show, American Impressionist Society, Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 Honorable Mention, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna, California
1999 Best Seascape, Ebell Club Annual Art Show, Los Angeles, California
1999 Artists' Choice Award, Carmel Plein Air Festival, Carmel, California
1995 Best of Show, Phippen Memorial Art Show, Prescott, Arizona
1995 First Place Oil, Phippen Memorial Art Show, Prescott, Arizona
1995 Best of Show, Beaver Creek Art Festival, Beaver Creek, Colorado
1994 Best Portrait, Oil Painters of America, Chicago, Illinois
1994 Tara Fredeicks Award, Oil Painters of America, Chicago, Illinois
1994 Best of Show, Beaver Creek Art Festival, Beaver Creek, Colorado
1993 Best of Show, Beaver Creek Art Festival, Beaver Creek, Colorado

 

Shimmering Pacific, Rocky Point Bridge - $17,000

Vermillion Cliffs - SOLD

Vieste, Italy - $4,500

Pt. Lobos Interior - $4,500

Pacific Grove Coastline - $4,500