About the Artist
Gary Lynn Roberts
Born and raised in Texas, but long settled in the dramatic Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana with his bride Nancy, Gary Lynn Roberts has been a painter and lover of Western beauty his entire life. Inspired by his father and his Christian faith, he is "living his dream" (see the article below).
'I'm living my dream'
Article by Myrna Zanetell
Art of the West Magazine, Jul-Aug 2009
"Ask Montana-based artist Gary Lynn Roberts what defines his life and to what he attributes his growing success as a Western painter, and he doesn't hesitate for a moment before responding that it was his strong faith in God. 'I've been blessed and highly favored by the gifts God has given me: a truly supportive family, my talents as an artist, and this beautiful country in which to live,' he says. 'My faith is everything, and I believe that faith is what allows me to be who I am and to paint the way I do.'
Born in 1953, Roberts was raised in the small town of Channelview, just east of Houston, Texas. The son of Joe Raider Roberts, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would continue his father's legacy as a highly regarded painter of the Western genre. "For as long as I can remember, all I ever wanted to do was be a painter,"Roberts says. 'My dad had been bitten by the same bug in his youth, but in the 1950s and '60s, you couldn't make enough money to support a family as a fine artist, so he built a sign painting business while establishing his reputation as a Western painter.'
In his warm Texas drawl, Roberts adds, 'I kind of got my start the same way. By the time I was 14 years old, I was helping dad out by painting signs on grocery store windows, listing the special for the week and, during the holiday season, my assignments might include Santa Clauses or Easter Bunnies. This was all hand work, lettering, and even figures done with a brush, so sign painting was actually very good training.' At 16, Roberts had established what he refers to as 'a good little sign business of my own' and had also begun to sell his Western canvases at regional art and craft shows."
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