Devin Michael Roberts
For an artist in his early 30s, Devin Michael Roberts has managed to achieve a remarkable quality and maturity to his landscape paintings. Born in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range and currently holding residence in both Washington state and the Ozark mountain area of Missouri, Roberts spends much of his time between the two areas composing scenes that blend elements of the areas he feels an intimate connection with. “Although I paint landscapes and seascapes, I try not to think of them as documenting a specific location. In fact, I blend together many different memories and references when putting together a painting,” he says. It’s through this process that Roberts builds a painting that puts an emphasis on creating an emotional connection with the viewer rather than presenting them a geographic location.
“I’m very drawn to low light scenes and the murky, deep emotions they can evoke,” Roberts explains. “Whether it’s the moment right after the sun has dipped below the horizon, or the middle of the night, it’s in these moments out in nature that I feel a spiritual connection to everything around me.” Although Roberts’ paintings depict the moments in life that are most fleeting, he spends a large amount of time outdoors painting from nature and studying the ways he can translate the scenes into imagery.
In a relatively short amount of time as a professional artist, Roberts has managed to build a rather large following of collectors, national representation and press. He is represented by Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman; Cooper & Smith in Essex, Connecticut; Royce Myers Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Kansas.
Clockwise from above:
At Days End, oil on panel, 18 x 36"The Home on the Hill, oil on canvas, 18 x 24"Solitude, oil on linen, 11 x 14"