Gillian paints in oils with the intention of painting as much of the work in front of the subject as possible either using a box easel or pochade box, as appropriate. Sometimes it is possible to complete the whole work on site. If not the reference material gathered is used to develop the painting in the studio. For Gillian, working 'en plein air,' despite the practical difficulties, provides the enjoyment of finding a means to explain, in paint, what is seen. This response can provide new 'directions of travel' in one's development as a painter.
Gillian lives in Yorkshire and it is from there that most of her subject matter comes. Musicians, Marine subjects, Venice and children's portraits have all been popular. Recently, Gillian has found interesting subject matter in the shipbuilding industry.
Gillian was elected to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2014
2007 The Daler/Rowley Award, Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibtion
2016 Royal Society of Marine Artists at Tenby
2015 Lotherton Hall Leeds (Solo Exhibition)
2014 Harlow Carr Gardens
2013 and 2014 Methodist Church Wetherby
2010 Blake ST, Gallery York
2010 Chantry House, Ripley
2007 and 2008 Lake District Summer Music (Solo Exhibition)
2006 Leeds Fine Art Club
2005 Greenhouse Gallery
2005 to 2013 Walker Galleries (Solo Exhibition)
2005 to 2009 Great Yorkshire Artists
1996 to 2013 Walker Galleries, Harrogate
The Artist Magazine, Masterclass
Gillian Roberts works as flexibly with clients as possible. She works primarily from life and takes her own photographs so priveliedges commissions in the North of England where she lives. She accepts commissions of a diverse nature from urban landscapes, yacht portraits, family beach scenes, fishing trawlers, and interiors.