Artist bio

Katie Roberts was born in New York. However, her parents moved while she was months old, and so, rural Vermont became her home. Growing up without television or modern technology, Katie was entirely self-taught. She developed her art talents completely in drawing with pencil in her early years. She did not pick up color until she was a teen, and then quickly turned to acrylics for much of her adolescence. Alongside a successful science career, Katie pursued her primary passion, her art. Spending most of her time as a child in the woods of Vermont afforded her a beautiful opportunity to view the wildlife that resided there. Katie was in constant watch of the animals, plants and weather that made up the rugged landscape. Her artwork bespoke of her love and detailed representations of these subjects. In these early years, she regularly created artwork on commission. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife requested her to develop artwork for their WMA signage for protection of wildlife from domestic dogs. As an adult, Katie turned primarily to her art as her soul's fullfillment. Oil painting in her fourth decade became her primary medium and she also began changing over to environmentally friendly materials: water mixable oil paints, mediums and cleaners, rescued slab would and eco varnishes for framing, and bamboo prints of her artwork - even recycled shrink wrap to protect sold paintings. In this time, Katie attended numerous art shows and group exhibits. In the fall of 2017, after her switch from science to art, Katie's art career blossomed. She received her first art award, the People’s Choice Award at the VINS Art Festival in 2017, and then received a second and third the following year in the same catergory, as well as the Best Riparian Award. She was also represented in the Vermont Standard for two of her paintings in this exhibition. Katie also commisioned pieces throughout this time - her most recent, two multi-walled murals for Drewski's on the River, the Vermont Experience and the Chaotic Kitchen, as well as a private commission, Life's Changing Path mural, in 2019. She now actively demos and sells her pieces online, at art shows and at gallery exhibitions. Katie's primary focus in 2020 and beyond is to donate part of her art proceeds to wildlife conservation. She is a member of the Artists for Conservation, an international non-profit which supports wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art. She believes in raising awareness to the plight of specific species in need, as well as the dwindling biodiversity in general and hopes to contribute to creating a better future for both through her art.


Unseen Forces



Artist Statement

I came upon the subjects of this painting one day, spotting the out of place spiraled petals from afar. Once I saw the spider webs entangled in the petals, I instantly knew that I would be painting this image. I painted this scene plein air, as far as, at a local art show, demoing my love of artistic detail. I paint in layers, enjoying the process of creating shapes, colors, and space, rather than solely the subjects themselves. I created the frame from rescued live edge slab wood, which I fit together, much like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a natural raw material that I personally transformed to compliment my art.
As a member of Artists for Conservation, I donate a portion of my art sales to wildlife conservation. I believe in raising awareness to the plight of specific species in need, as well as the dwindling biodiversity in general and hope to contribute to creating a better future for both.

How it fits into contest

In “unseen forces”, I painted a micro battle ensuing in this square foot of forest, while the oblivious world goes by. The aster is being pulled by a spiderweb, causing its petal growth to twist and change, into something quite different and uncommon. Literally, the web has pulled the flower petals to the right, causing some of them to spiral in growth - something so unexpected and exquisite in nature.

I see the battle of good against evil in much the same way. Evil will come, stay, and go through much of your life. At times, it will try to manipulate and change who you are, torment and hurt you. But, if you are strong, you will learn from it and become someone better, stronger, and more beautiful from these experiences. You will become like this aster - someone who shines, and spirals with joy and confidence in your ability to hold fast in your beliefs.


Katie Roberts as the artist, who took the reference photo in Vermont, designed and painted the art, as well as designed and crafted the frame.

How to Purchase this Artwork

Original Work, $500
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Oil paintings and commissions

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