I am a Mid-West native born in 1947 in Bloomington, Indiana to Garrett Staat and Mary Dukelow, his high school sweetheart. Dad was an Army Air Corp Veteran of WWll Mom finished training as an registered career nurse.Dad attended Valporsasio University and received his BS in biochemestry and had hopes of having his own lab. His dream took the family on roller coaster ride. Through the years I lived at home, the family lived in 4 different states; Indiana, 1 move; Illinois ,2 moves; Wisconsin, 3 moves; Missouri, 2 moves. We were not a wealthy family in terms of money.but life was always an adventure. Needless to say schooling was difficult. Art and music were the universal languages that kept me in survival mode in school during a gypsy life. Life became a series of piano and flute lessons, singing in school and the Lutheran Church services, playing in school bands, taking every opportunity to learn hands on and engage in group activities.. Fearsly independant and a bit of a tomboy, I spent time outside climbing trees, riding my two wheeler, sidewalk roller skating and digging in my flower garden. The first time I smelled oil paint was when I painted alongside Dad, as he enjoyed paint by number sets. That first smell of oil paint is still an indelible memory. It was around year 8 or 9.
|Education||1992 MFA American University, Washington, DC|
|1976 BS Art Education, K-12, University of Houston, Houston, TX|
|1972 Art Institute of Chicago coursework in painting and drawing, Chicago, IL|
|1971 BFA University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI|
|Employment||Over the past 40 years Roberta has been an instructor in a variety of settings including
elementary school, high school and College Adjunct in Painting, Drawing and Design
in Maryland colleges. She is now retired from teaching to focus on painting and drawingin
her home studo and En Plein Aire.
|100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, Gary Pendleton, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2014
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
Museum Wolpoff Award Collection, Katzen Gallery, American University, Washington, DC
|Selected Shows and Exhibitions||2014 Solo "Sweet Spot" at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD|
|Galleries||Gallery 322 in Frederick, MD|
|Art Partners in Clarksville, MD|
Roberta can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org