Roberta Carter Clark was born in St. Louis and grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She has been interested in painting people since her teens, when she attended classes at The Detroit Institute of Art. After more years of study with many fine painters, she is comfortable working in oils, pastels, and watercolors and enjoys imparting whatever she has learned to others. As a busy portrait painter, Roberta has been with Portraits, Inc. in New York City since 1974 and her commissioned portraits are in the private collections of hundreds of families throughout the United States and in England. More portraits are in public and corporate collections, including universities, hospitals, and banks.
She has juried both state and national exhibitions and has become a popular demonstrator, teaching portrait and figure painting workshops from California to Texas, Hilton Head to Florida, and many points between. Her paintings have received awards at national exhibitions, including The American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Midwest Watercolor Society, and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.
The first art book Roberta wrote and illustrated, How to Paint Living Portraits, was published in 1990 by North Light Books, and the newest book, Painting Vibrant Children's Portraits, was released in July of 1993. Both books have been well received and have proven to be valuable additions to the literature on how to proceed in this challenging occupation. This second book on painting children has been published in a French edition in 1995 and is titled Portraits D'Enfants.
Her work is also included in several other books: Splash One (1991), Splash Two (1993), Basic Drawing Techniques, Basic Oil Painting Techniques, Basic Portrait Techniques, all North Light Books; Exploring Painting (1988) and Understanding Transparent Watercolor (1993), both by Gerald Brommer, Davis Publications, Inc.; and Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit (1992) by Marilyn Hughey Phillis, Watson Guptill Publications. Roberta's watercolor figure work was featured in an American Artist Magazine article in August 1993, in the January 1994 The Artist's Magazine, and in Watercolor Magic, the Winter 1995 special watercolor issue of this magazine. She has recently been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the special American Artist publication Watercolor 95, which will be published quarterly this year for the first time. One of Roberta's watercolors is included in Splash Four, a book in the Splash series published by North Light, which is now available.
Roberta is an exhibiting member of Allied Artists, the American Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, Midwest Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Rockport Art Association.
Among the honors Roberta's long career has brought her are inclusion in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Women.