Friday, October 05, 2012

October 2012 Artist of the Month

For the month of October we have another wonderfully talented artist to present.  This artist is a relatively new member to our group and we're looking forward to getting to know her better.  Presenting to you Roberta Fallon.
Question:  Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Roberta:  I was born in the Bronx in NY and we moved Upstate to Dutchess County after we married to raise our children. I have a son, Randy , who lives up in NY, is married and has a little girl named Caitlin. I also have a daughter, Danielle, who lives in Waterchase with her husband and two children, Alexis 11 and Jack, almost 8. I have been a resident of Florida for 6 years now,
Question: What first made you want to paint?
Roberta:  In 2002 I was spending alot of time in Ocean City, NJ. I had recently found out that an Aunt of mine was a painter. Also, my Father used to talk about painting but never gave it a shot. I decided to take lessons. I went to an Art Society in the area and got a list of artists who gave lessons. One of my favorite artists on the Island was on the list. I called her and that was the start. I worked with a small group of local artists some new to painting and others who were pros. I took lessons whenever I was in NJ and had to stop when we moved here.
Question:  What's your creative process?
Roberta:   I will usually see a photo that attracts me and gets my creative juices flowing. I LOVE to paint my Grandchildren. Of course, most of the paintings take place on the beach. I have one of my Grandson that I call "Funky Jack". It's just so HIM. I use oils and I also love pastels.
Question:  What are your favorite books, movies etc.
Roberta:   Being that I am a romantic at heart I love movies like West Side Story, Grease or anything with a happy ending. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Robin Cook and Dean Koontz. Anything that makes me think " Hmm, could that really happen?".
Question:  What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
Roberta:   Hopefully still painting. I am starting School at Dunedin Fine Arts Center in the Fall so looking forward to improving my work. 
Thanks Roberta for taking the time out for our interview.  It's always fun to find out more about our artists.  Stay tuned for November's Artist of the Month.