ARTIST BIOGRAPHY (news entries below bio)
Upcoming Events, and Gallery Shows:
May-August 2018 Oil Painters of America National Juried Show of Traditional Oils, Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Steamboat Springs Art Museum
July 2018 Door County Plein Air Festival, Door County, Wisconsin
August 2018 Paint the Peninsula, Port Angelas, WA
October 2018 En Plein Air Texas
Devin Michael Roberts (b. 1984) is an American contemporary realist artist based out of the Midwestern United States as well as the Puget Sound of Washington State. Born in the foot hills of the Cascades and raised up and down the west coast as a child. Nature has always played an important role in Devin's life and as a result of that intimate connection he has put his primary focus on painting the landscape. Roberts finds that the landscape affords endless opportunities to focus on representing living emotion through paint. "The moods and feelings that mother nature can evoke are infinite " His days and nights are spent either in the field studying directly from nature or in the comfort of the studio painting well thought out emotive pieces.
Influenced by a wide array of artists from the illustrator N.C. Wyeth to the tonalist George Inness and from the Russian Impressionist Isaac Levitan to the modern abstract artist Gerhard Richter.
"I find a connection to virtually every style of art one can think of"
Devin has a technical process that is ever evolving. He currently puts a focus on beginning his paintings from life, either from a study done on location or from life in the studio. He takes these studies and uses them as the reference for his studio paintings. The studio paintings often are pieces which combine multiple references including video, photography and plein air studies. Roberts takes all these various references and combines different elements together when composing a larger studio scene. The goal of these studio pieces is to build an emotional experience within the viewer and not to represent a physical location.
" I try to get people out of the frame of mind where they need to know something features a certain geographic location in order for them to be interested in purchasing or collecting it.. I'm much more interested in creating a piece that provides the viewer with a sense of mystery and emotion, to the point where they just have to own it. Whether the mountain is in the Rockies or the Cascades, or whether the ocean scene is on the east coast or west coast, in my opinion it's irrelevant. The question we viewers should be asking ourselves is how does it make me feel? If it makes you feel like a memory of being on the ocean on the west coast as a child, telling you it features the east coast might subdue that initial reaction."
Over the last couple years Devin's career has begun to expand rather quickly. Going from a largely regional artist earlier in his career to gathering national press and gallery representation as well as beginning to collect national awards and invites to some of the more prestigious plein air events.
"I know that no matter what changes I go through in my life the thing that remains and will remain constant in me is my desire to depict nature and do my part in preserving it for future generations"- Devin Michael Roberts
Devin is currently represented by Cooper and Smith (East coast region), Reuben Saunders (Wichita, KS) Royce Meyers (Oklahoma)
For demo's and more information on Devin's thoughts and processes visit devinrobertsstudio.blogspot.com.
NEWS UPDATE: 4/19/2018
Come and see me paint and display paintings this July on the beautiful shores of lake Michigan.
NEWS UPDATE: 3/1/2018
This painting titled "Along the icicle river" will show in the very prestigious Oil Painters of America National Exhibition this June and July at the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I'm very honored to have gotten in this year!
NEWS UPDATE: 2/1/2018
Plein Air Magazine's Feb/March 2018 issue features an oil painting demonstration and feature article on my artwork. You can purchase this magazine from Barnes and Nobles or visit www.pleinairmagazine.com.
The image above features the first page of the article.
Hope everyone is having a good 2018 so far!
NEWS UPDATE: 1/8/2018
Great news, my art and process will be available to view and read about in a feature article to be published in the Feb/March issue of Plein Air Magazine 2018. Be sure to pick up a copy at any Barnes and Nobles or your local book store.
I will post a link to a digital version next month after the issue drops.
NEWS UPDATE: 12/12/2017
It's been a while since I have done an update. I have been busy traveling, painting sketches outdoors and getting inspiration for new material. After spending the last few weeks in the Pacific Northwest I have finally made it back to Missouri. In the photo above you see myself at work on a large 30x40 inch sunset. Over the next few months I will be completing a series of large landscapes for some upcoming shows this spring and summer.
Make sure you check out the "outdoor paintings" section to see some of the work I did while in the Northwest. I also have some new portrait work which will be slowly releasing over the next month or so.
I also have some big news I will be sharing in Jan to kick of the new year! Stay tuned!
NEWS UPDATE: 9/26//2017
(Photo features myself painting the first place winner in the quick draw event at Solomons Plein Air)
I just got back from Sonoma and Solomons Plein Air Festivals. I am pleased to announce that I received a first place award in the quick draw event for a sunset that I created. A great honor when you consider the big name artists I was up against. Big thank you to judge Jason Sacran, my hosts and the wonderful Carmen and her staff from Carmens gallery in Solomons Island Maryland.
You might have noticed that the "available studio paintings" section of this website has shrunk a bit. I have been busy studying outdoor painting for the last few months and haven't been in the studio as much. Typically I produce more studio work starting in October through the colder months. I use the summers to get out into nature and really study color and form.
That being said I have sketches and designs for around 30 studio pieces I plan on creating over the next 6 -7 months. I will be having a feature/solo show at the Cole gallery in Washington state in May. Stay tuned and keep checking back to see updates with new paintings.
Also check out the "outdoor studies" section of this website and remember I do offer payment plans as well as most of the galleries that represent me.
Thanks again everyone for your continued support
NEWS UPDATE: 8/7/2017
Just found out I won 1st place in the Plein Air Magazine Bi Monthly contest for my painting titled "Eulogy". Such a great honor. This means I will definitely be attending the salon this year in New Mexico in hopes that I have a solid crack at that grand prize in the yearly contest.
NEWS UPDATE: 7/18/2017
One page feature Article in Southwest Art Magazine coming out in August 2017. Check it out at any barnes and nobles or borders book store.
NEWS UPDATE: 7/7/2017
Getting my practice in for the upcoming Plein Air Festivals in Maryland and Sonoma California in September.
Sonoma Plein Air and Solomons Island Plein Air Festival. Both are back to back.
NEWS UPDATE: 4/14/2017
I've just delivered a new bunch of paintings out to 3 galleries as well as an upcoming Museum show at the Vernon Filley Art Museum. To see the new work and which gallery or show it is being sold in visit my "available works" section.
This is a preview of what is to come. I've been working on some subjects that you dont see me do that much and in much larger sizes than I normally work.
More to come!
NEWS UPDATE: 3/14/2017: PAINT PALM BEACH HONORABLE MENTION
Such a great experience down in Tequesta/Jupiter this year for the first plein air festival of the season.
I received an honorable mention during the quick draw and got to have a photo snapped with some of the painters who have been a massive inspiration for me since day 1. Jim McVicker, Jason Sacran, Charlie Hunter, George Van Hook and Dan Mondloch. Amazing experience!
I was fortunate enough to nearly sell out on paintings this time as well!
More news to come soon. Check back to see if I will be painting in your city or region.
NEWS UPDATE: 2/20/2017
Getting some practice in for the plein air season.
© Copyright 2017 Amelia Hall
NEWS UPDATE: 2/09/2017: Museum Show
Good news! I will be participating in another Museum Show, this time with some great painters such as Jason Sacran, Albert Handell, Jeff Legg etc....
Join me for the Vernon Filley Art Museum Invitational on April 22nd. The show will go until mid July.
Its truly an honor to be in such great company.
NEWS UPDATE: 12/28/2016 - Last post of 2016
Farewell 2016! Working on new paintings for the new year, have a couple shows coming up in the late winter/ early spring. Check back as I will be posting new paintings through Jan. and Feb. Also check out www.facebook.com/devinrobertsstudio and www.instagram.com/devinrobertsstudio
NEWS UPDATE: 10/10/2016 - Featured in Plein Air Magazine.
Got a little bit of press this month. Plein Air Magazine did a feature on shorelines and included an image of the autumn themed landscape piece that I created last year. Slowly starting to get some press!
NEWS UPDATE: 9/27/2016
Photo from Solomons Island Plein Air Festival. I'm back home now folks and really focusing on looking for some new galleries to work with. Specifically a coastal gallery or a gallery that deals in seascapes and coastal art.
If you know anyone or any galleries please contact me.
NEWS UPDATE: 9/12/2016
Well I'm here at Solomons Plein Air Festival in Maryland. I am super excited for a week of painting with some fantastic artists. If you happen to live in the area email me and I will let you know where I will be painting so you can come and observe. We also will be having a gallery show sale at the end of the week on Saturday the 17th of September 6-8 at the Holiday Inn in Solomons Maryland. Tickets are $25 you can buy them at the door.
I will post photo updates here and on my facebook.
NEWS UPDATE: 8/15/2016
Hey folks, things were a bit quiet for me the last few months as I got settled in my new home out here in southern Missouri.
I have completed a new crop of paintings that went out to the galleries and I have heard back from a few events I applied for.
I will be attending Solomons Plein Air festival next month in Maryland and I will also be attending the Paint Palm Beach festival in Jupiter, FL this next march.
I'm going to spend the rest of 2016 putting more of a focus on my plein air work and also my figurative/portrait work.
Thanks and stay tuned!
NEWS UPDATE: 5/10/2016
I have finally relocated from Kansas to outside Springfield Missouri. It took a couple months to get a house and studio going again but I am proud to announce that everything is up and running.
I also found out that I was accepted into the Solomons Plein Air Festival on Solomons Island, Maryland this upcoming September. Looking forward to that!
Stay tuned for more updates.
NEWS UPDATE: Back from Taos, NM 1/22/2016
Wonderful trip. Here is one of the plein air pieces I painted while on location. This photo is from once I got back into the semi warmth of my hotel room (was -15 degrees outside by the time the sun had set on the day)
Anyhow, I got an amazing amount of ideas, sketches, video, and information to work from. Probably enough to keep me busy for a full lifetime. So that being said you can look froward too, some nocturne scenes, a few sunsets, snow/ice covered river beds, mountain-scapes, some of the pueblo houses etc.
I shall be busy!
Thanks again everyone for the support.
Your collecting, donating etc. makes my growth possible.
It's a symbiotic relationship, so whatever success I enjoy is directly because of YOU!
NEWS UPDATE: 1/12/2016
Happy new year!
Starting in early February 2016 you will be able to view and purchase my art in Austin, Texas through the Capital Fine art gallery. I'm very excited to be branching out into some other states.
I will also be relocating to Branson, Missouri. This will not change my workshop plans for Wichita, KS. So those of you who would like to sign up for some spring workshops; it will still be an option.
Thanks for the continued support
NEWS UPDATE: 12/23/2015
Awesome news to kick off the new year! I just found out that not one but two of the pieces I entered into the 10th Bicentennial Visual Arts Center Juried Exhibition got in! The paintings titled "the homestead" and " the red boat". I'm very excited about the still life getting in. I haven't really shown much of my still life or portrait work yet and look forward to doing so as I strengthen my technique and get better! Happy new year everyone!
NEWS UPDATE: 11/11/15
This upcoming March 9th- 13th I will be joining the countries top Plein Air Painters at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Jupiter,FL. I'm very excited to be participating in this event.
NEWS UPDATE: 10/26/15 Holiday Show at the Strecker Nelson Gallery
Been busy preparing for the upcoming group show Nov 6th at the Strecker Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. I have 6 new pieces that will be featured in that show. I'm also proud to report that they have sold 75 percent of the pieces I have consigned to them so far. I've also had a record Summer and early Fall for online sales as well.
Thanks to everyone for the continued support.
NEWS UPDATE: OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA 8/31/15
GREAT NEWS! My painting titled, moonrise over puget sound has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. This is a great honor for me. Thank you so much to the judges.