When viewing the works of Roberta Wesley, you are instantly aware of the striking spectrum of her subject matter. Pastoral scenes, gentle remembrances and romantic nostalgia somehow co-exist with waves of rampant elephants and tigers flying through lightning drenched skies. The creative diversity of her portfolio is evidence of the intense enthusiasm that fuels her artistic vision. She is an artist actively exploring and seeking to communicate life’s many expressions and viewpoints.
She was born to rural schoolteachers in the small town of Happy, Texas and finished her first painting at age 12. She studied drama at West Texas State University, art at the University of Texas, and received her degree in art from Texas Woman’s University. Graduate work later continued at North Texas University.
After experimenting with many different mediums and styles she settled upon alkyds. Alkyds allow great play with light and may also be richly worked in detail, among the artist’s fascinations. The light bathing Wesley’s canvasses illumines them, creates a glow. Her technique is controlled, yet mysterious.
Roberta’s originals grew in demand through her associations with some of the finest galleries in the United States. Although grateful for this long awaited recognition, she began to see success as both a blessing and a curse. There seemed to be constant pressure to produce the same most popular subjects again and again. A solution to this problem came through the publishing of reproductions on paper and canvas. This allows her freedom to spend the time needed to fully develop and detail subjects that interest her, and then move on to the excitement of new inspiration.