'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 at the age of fifteen. 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 studios to become 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 eleven years I made a living from portrait work and weddings. I laid my camera down to go into business creating designs and logos for direct marketing purposes. In 1998 I began my biggest project ever, raising funds and building a performing and fine arts school for at-risk teens. Directing the arts program was my dream job. It was such a tremendous joy to see teenagers channeling their energies and emotions through the arts in such a positive way. In 2011 I was awarded a BFA degree for my work in the arts with at-risk teens and my life experience.
My most recent projects include creating a series of original paper dolls, sticker books and coloring books for all ages. Illustration and design are my passions, but occasionally I just have to paint a portrait in oils or acrylics or shoot some really great scenes. My hope is to create things that bring enjoyment to people of all ages.
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Roberta is a member of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts in Key West, Florida, and the DeSoto Arts & Humanities Society of Southwest Florida. She currently lives with her husband in south Florida.