Drawing on the wild skies, seas and wilderness surrounding my Shetland Island home, my paintings and sculpture are created as a response to my
immersion in the ever-changing drama and beauty of the landscape. By depicting and celebrating nature I aim to express the universal and enduring
relevance of nature and our evolving relationship with the environment.
I use a broad variety of materials and methods, including large scale paintings incorporating metal leaf and sculptures in various media from traditional
cast bronze to locally foraged, dried seaweed, mirror-polished stainless steel, and even decommissioned oil rig and a bird's wing.
By embracing and incorporating the serendipitous finds from my Shetland environment I work within my locality, time and space to create works that
form part of my own journey, as well as that of this island and the earth as a whole. Some works are my vision of the beauty I see all around me, others
seek to open a dialogue about issues I see presenting themselves in grim reality, such as those of habitat loss, decreasing biodiversity, ghost nets/ by-
catch and our relationship with the sea throughout our history.
My background stems from an honour’s degree in Three-Dimensional Design and experience as a designer specialising in creating architectural
interiors for hotel and restaurant clients throughout the UK. I chose to focus my creativity entirely on painting and sculpture 3 years ago and now work
full time on that personal manifesto in my Shetland studio.
The Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh December 2020
Shetland Museum, Lerwick, Shetland - June / August 2021
The Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh - December 2021
The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright - summer exhibition 2022
Newcastle Cathedral 2022/23. Large-scale sculptural installation. >Read here.
9B9 Gallery, Avenue B, New York - February 2022
An orchestral performance by Protestra and bespoke large painted backdrop by Roberta.
Features / Press:
Artmag, Issue 191, November 2021 – Cover image and editorial View Here
Thesiger’s Silence, Edition 2, November 2021 – ‘The Gift’ Creative writing & photographs by Roberta
Opera News May 2021 – feature
Shetland Times, June 2021 – exhibition review
Promote Shetland website, April 2021 - review
Artist Talk Magazine, Issue 15, April 2021 – feature
Memberships and Associations:
Visual Arts Scotland
Visual Artists Association
Society of Scottish Artists
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