Artist Bio

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Roberta Combs uses vibrant color, extreme lighting, and dramatic composition to portray her realistic subject matter. Her still life paintings create an intimate view of her subject matter. Her portraits evoke personal emotion from their viewers. “I love the rich, buttery texture and the clean velvet color of pastels. They allow simple scenes and common items to be transformed with beautiful light and delicious drama.”

Roberta Combs has been awarded Senior Signature Status in the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Northwest Pastel Society; is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists; and is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Artists Canada. Roberta has also been awarded Master Status Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America. She is the only artist in Canada to hold this designation.

Roberta lives with her family in Pitt Meadows, BC in Western Canada. Selected Galleries where her work has been seen include the Butler Institute of American Art, the American Art Company, the Birthplace of BC Gallery, The Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery and the National Arts Club Gallery.

Recent Venues:

Event Location
Vose Gallery: Boston, Massachusetts
National Arts Club Gallery: New York, NY
Le Festival International du Pastel de Feytiat: Feytiat, France
The Butler Institute of American Art: Youngstown, Ohio

Plein Air Festival of Canada:

Whistler, BC
International Association of Pastel Artists: Naples, Florida
  Albuquerque, New Mexico
International Association of Pastel Artists: On line Exhibition
Pastel Artists of Canada International Exhibition: Toronto, Ontario
Enduring Brilliance: Pastel Society of America: New York, New York
Federation Gallery: Vancouver, BC
Surrey Fine Arts Gallery: Surrey, BC
Northwest Pastel Society: Seattle, Washington
Leyland Art Gallery Solo Show: British Columbia
American Art Company: Tacoma, Washington
Invitational Crossing Boundaries Exhibition: Vancouver Cultural Centre
  Vancouver, BC


Recent Awards and Events:

Pastel Journal Magazine 2015: Honorable mention
Great American Art Company: 2014 Director’s Award - Northwest Pastel Society
Pastel Journal Magazine Annual Pastel 100 Competition: First Place, Still Life
Federation of Canadian Artists:

Spilsbury Medal – Award of Excellence 2013

  Spilsbury Medal – Juror of Awards 2012
Spilsbury Medal – Bronze 2011
Best of Show FVC 2006
Award of Excellence 2005
Pastel Society of America:                

Awarded Master Status  2012

  North Carolina Award  2012
H K Holbein Award   2008
Blick Materials Award 2007
Pastel Artists of Canada:

People’s Choice Award 2011


People’s Choice Award 2010
Jack Richeson And Co. Award, 2nd 2007
People’s Choice Award 2007
First Place PAC Award  2006

Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists: Dakota Art Pastels & CIPA Award
  For Excellence in Pastel Portraiture 2006
Northwest Pastel Society: Jack Richeson and Co. Award 2007
Paintings by Numbers FCA: 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
65 Roses FCA Charitable Event: 2010
Plein Air Festival of Canada, Whistler, BC Sept  2013



Teaching Classes and workshops: Since 1994
City of Maple Ridge Parks and Rec  1996 – 2000:

Adult watercolor painting classes

  Teen Art Program
Children’s After School Programs
City of Pitt Meadows Parks and Rec:     

1997 – 1998  Adult Watercolor classes

City of Port Coquitlam Arts Council: 2012-2013 Adult Pastel Classes
City of Port Moody Arts Council Master Series Instruction


On Going: Workshops and Demos for Art Groups and Associations in watercolor and drawing in the Vancouver and surrounding area.


Outside the Vancouver Area locations include:

Palm Springs, California 
San Diego, California 
Rancho Mirage, California
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Calgary, AB

Fort St. John, BC 
Quesnel, BC 
Prince George, BC 
100 Mile House, BC
Williams Lake, BC
Whiterock, BC 
Kelowna, BC 
Westbank, BC 
Maple Ridge, BC 
Whistler, BC
Richmond, BC 
North Vancouver BC

Vancouver Island:
Victoria, BC 
Parksville, BC
Qualicum Beach, BC

Sasktoon, Sask

Federation of Canadian Artists
Pastel Society of America
Pastel Artists of Canada
Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
Northwest Pastel Society
International Associations of Pastel Artist

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