Mary Roberson is fond of saying that while the effects of light may inspire some artists, her inspiration springs instead from her sheer love of nature and its creatures. The Idaho-based artist is well known for impressionistic, often earth-toned scenes that feature a menagerie of bears, birds, and bison, among other animals. Interestingly enough, as a youngster, Roberson was recognized for her talent at capturing the human figure. At 16 she won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute (now known as the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles.

But Roberson says she eventually realized it was the call of the wild that spoke most directly to her soul. “Animals have a couple of goals, and they go about them with great efficiency,” she says. “They are actually my heroes. They do what they have to do and don’t question their actions. I have never known an animal to feel sorry for itself.”
Today the award-winning artist has paintings in a number of prestigious museum collections, and she is a regular participant in the annual Western Visions Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. In 2010, Roberson was the show’s featured artist. Always willing to take on new artistic challenges, she recently began collaborating with her son, David, who creates turned-wood vessels. Roberson is painting her signature creatures onto the exteriors of the various shaped vessels. The mother-and-son duo is presenting the works this summer in a show at Wood River Fine Arts in Ketchum, ID. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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"Nature Is Everything At Once" is now in the permanent collection of the Booth Western Art Museum, located in Cartersville, Georgia.

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  • At One with Wildlife

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  • Refuge In The Wild
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Winter 2005 Cover:
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Art & Antiques Magazine "Collecting in the West" -Summer 2006
Southwest Art Magazine "Artist's To Watch" June 2003
Wildlife Art Magazine Jan/Feb 2003
Cover Art Image of International Wolf Magazine Fall 2003
Cover Art Image of International Wolf Magazine Winter 2005
Southwest Art Magazine "Advertorial" Jackson Hole Section August 1997
Wood River Journal an Idaho Newspaper "Captured On Canvas" Feb. 7, 1996
Heart Carries Mary Roberson Paintings" Dec. 14, 2005
"Local Wildlife Artist Named To Arts Academy" Mar. 8, 2006
Idaho Mountain Express, an Idaho Newspaper "Mary Roberson Arrives At Last" Nov. 9, 2005
InformArt Magazine "Through InformArt's Looking Glass" Fall 2003
InformArt Magazine Feature Article Fall, 2005
Southwest Art Magazine "Refuge In The Wild" Nov., 2005