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'I am a self-taught artist for the most part, but I owe my family a great debt for their influence and training. My family is steeped in the arts. My parents were both professional artists. My aunts were professional singers. My mother was an oil painter and opera singer. My father began shooting photos from a homemade camera. He later engineered and built the first photo booths that sat on the Daytona Beach boardwalk in the 1940's. I began training in my father's studio to be a portrait photographer when I was fourteen. Throughout my childhood and high school years the arts were my main interest. I took every art class available at school. Besides painting, drawing and photography, I also studied ballet, classical piano, drama, chorus and creative writing. Photography became the only creative outlet that would earn me a paycheck for many years. Being able to make a living at something you love is an enormous blessing, and being able to do it when you are young is rare indeed. For the next 11 years I made a living in portrait work and weddings. In 1985 I was diagnosed with cancer. I was 29 years old and the mother of three young children. A year later I was pronounced cancer free. I was at a crossroads now. Should I go to art school or follow my calling? From an early age I had dreamed of going to Seminary. A very rare choice of study for women at that time. My father was disappointed that I had chosen to go into the ministry instead of following in the family photography business. So now that I was an independent woman, the choice was mine. I eventually earned my BA in Divinity and stayed faithfully in the ministry for over 12 years. During that time I gave art instruction in a performing and fine arts school for at-risk teenagers. Two years ago I was awarded an honorary BFA for my life experience and for using and promoting the arts to help at-risk teens. Photography is now something that is more of a hobby for me. Of course many of my photographs are the inspirations for my paintings and drawings. Acrylics and oils are my mainstay, but I also love to create pieces using pastels, colored pencils and ink.
'Hopefully you will enjoy some of my photographs and paintings. You can purchase prints of most of my pieces through this site. If you are interested in an original, please contact me through email.'
Roberta is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts in Key West, Florida, and the DeSoto Arts & Humanities Society of Southwest Florida. She lives with her husband on Singer Island in southeast Florida.