Landscapes: Memory, Observation & Abstraction – Paintings by Mark Roberts

With a spiritual connection to nature, Mark Roberts investigates our regional landscapes through an experiential and inventive process. His creative practice evokes memory, emotion, and mood in beautiful and atmospheric paintings. These works capture fleeting moments of light effects, color, and mystery.

Mark Roberts (Antioch, CA) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Later, he continued his formal art education at the California Art Institute, analyzing the visual world in terms of shapes, values and edges. Mr. Roberts earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Figure Drawing from 2005 – 2014. Presently, Mark teaches Drawing and Design at Las Positas College in Livermore.

“Most of my life I have pondered questions of art and beauty. I have a couple decades of experience painting from direct observation in plein air. With that, I have accumulated a vast mental library of visuals. As my career progresses, I find myself working more from memory or invention. My paintings are becoming more abstract and minimalist with the aim of pushing the ethereal quality further, while heightening the beauty and emotional impact.”  – Mark Roberts