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Career Advancement Award from the Colorado Creative Industries

The Colorado Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (CCI), has awarded me with a Career Advancement grant. The grant is to be used toward publishing my Children’s Picture Book, Augustina.

Here she is!

2Angel_RRoberts1Augustina, is a humorous story about a lovable, barnyard oddball who dances her way into the carnival spotlight, and discovers her true identity — she is a heifer-potamus!

Educators, day care providers and social workers enthusiastically support this story:

“I see all kinds of application potential, everything from children who are adopted to helping children gain ego strength.” — Carol C., Clinical Social Worker

Please contact me for more information about Augustina.


Teaching with Artists Network University

I am happy to announce a new, online course I’ve developed for Artists Network University!
See all the details at this link:  Understanding Clouds with Rita Roberts
Please share this with anyone who might be interested in taking a class with me. This class is for beginning artists with at least some knowledge of oil paints or experienced artists who want to add more drama, depth and feeling to their landscapes. Illustrators would also benefit from this class, as clouds can create mood, environment and believability for a characters’ story.
I hope to see you and / or your friends in this virtual classroom!

UNDERSTANDING CLOUDS (10/28/14 – 11/21/14)

Course Id: 3108-1
Course Start Date: 10-28-2014- Course End Date: 11-21-2014
Instructor: Rita Roberts
Tuition: $169.99
Learn the secrets behind Rita Roberts’ evocative cloud-scapes by understanding the

clouds as form and structure. The content of this course can translate to any media.


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

On Saturday, September 27th a group of artists enjoyed one of the last gorgeous autumn days in the Southern San Juan Mountains. Frame Shop Creede has all the paintings for sale, with proceeds going to the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council.

Painting Bristol Head

Painting Bristol Head













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Bristol Head 1, 4″ x 4″ Oil

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Bristol Head 2, 4″ x 4″ Oil

Tiers of a Storm in the Land of Contradictions

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Tiers of a Storm, 48″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas

Tiers of a Storm has been submitted to the Colorado Public Arts projects for consideration to be included in the collection of a local institution, Adams State University. More than a typical sky-scape which the San Luis Valley is known for, this painting is also about the agricultural lifeblood of this area. The grid pattern which recedes into the clouds throughout the piece represents the inorganic grid pattern of the SLV, which creates a land of one-mile, perfected, quilt-like squares in what is otherwise a harsh and wild climate. The cut wheat slashes a bright accent line under a cold, threatening sky. The San Luis Valley is a land of contradictions, as is this painting. Not only in its composition, but as one still moment captured in paint, but when viewing it, the clouds appear to move.

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