Hailing from Brooklyn, painter Roberta Remy grew up in one of the major centers of the art world. The backdrop of New York inspired her early creativity, but it was the urging of artist Albert Handell that pushed Remy out of New York and toward New Mexico in the early 1990’s, where her brand of realist art was flourishing. Many years of study with some of today’s most renowned artists including Frank Mason, George Passantino, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Robert Beverly Hale have been a major influence in helping perfect this artist’s impressive technique, style, and motivation; all of which have played a part in her success as a painter.
“When I fell in love with painting, it was the Old Masters and the American Impressionists who inspired my artistic search. Their traditions and techniques are the standards that I have set for myself. It’s my endless quest to learn how they accomplished their magic. I strive to develop my craft to the highest standard. I feel a great reverence for the basics and for the time and care devoted to the entire process necessary to create a work of art. With each work, I seek to deepen my understanding of the language of drawing…to explore the beautiful, mysterious and magical qualities of light…to paint it, and to capture its endless variations and effects…to bring to my paintings the illusion of sculptural form through the play of light upon the subject…to explore how atmosphere envelops the whole natural beauty of the subject…to give life to the work with a strong painterly quality.”
Roberta Remy specializes in Still-Life, Interiors, Figure and Portrait oil paintings. A Life Member of the Arts Students League of New York, her works can be found in numerous corporate and private collections in the United States, Brazil and Europe. Remy considers herself a contemporary painter working in the realist tradition, also deriving inspiration from the old masters and the American Impressionists. Her canvases are prepared in the fashion of the old masters, with rabbitskin glue applied as a primer to her hand-stretched linen canvases that she then affixes to boards, making her work optimal for preservation.
“All my life I have found the study of people, their faces and hands fascinating. Wanting to paint them, to capture their character, personality and essence is actually what kept me in art school for so many years. I wanted the tools to represent the nobility and elegance I felt that each person possessed. I studied everything about drawing, anatomy and painting techniques to display my models in the most magnificent way possible. While models are sitting for me, I talk to them a great deal — this little glimpse into their souls somehow gets into my paintings. I love to paint people doing what they would do, working, resting, creating, or just being. When choosing my models, finding just the right person for the right life situation being portrayed is part of my creative process.”