Benicia artist Nancy Roberts will showcase her acrylic landscape paintings as the featured artist at Benicia Plein Air Gallery this month. The show runs April 4 through May 5 with an artist reception Saturday, April 6, 4-6pm.


Roberts, a retired architect and award-winning plein air painter, uses vibrant colors and dynamic design in her paintings that suggest a certain geometric-like quality, putting a fresh spin on the landscape tradition.  


The gallery show, Color Journeys, invites the viewer to "walk into" her paintings, experiencing new trails. Roberts paints vistas all around the Bay Area, and sees reality as a jumping-off point. "I start by paring a thing down to its bones," she says in her artist statement, "then respond to its spirit with energized color and pattern.


Briones Skytrail, acrylic painting by Nancy Roberts at Benicia Plein Air Gallery


Robert’s bold lines lead the viewer through vineyards, hillsides, waterfalls, farmers markets, waterfront commerce, farmland and more. Her deep hues manage, all at once, to be energetic, inviting, cohesive and engaging. This collection of paintings and others can be found at


Also on view is a new collection of plein air paintings by all 13 of the gallery's artists, showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles. Benicia Plein Air Gallery is located at 307 First Street in the heart of historic downtown Benicia. Staffed by member artists, the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, 11am-5pm. For more information visit