Gainor Roberts moved to Zephyrhills in 2001 from Rhode Island where she taught painting classes and had a gallery in the small town of Westerly. Art has been a passion with Gainor for most of her life, and she can remember drawing pictures as a toddler and feigning illness to stay home from school and draw pictures all day.
She considers herself a realist painter and has been greatly influenced by the Impressionists. She studied painting at the Art Students’ League, in New York, with Robert Brackman and later at the National Academy of Design and Lyme Academy of Fine arts, studying painting, drawing and sculpture. Her paintings are characterized by her love affair with color and design, and she frequently uses fruits and vegetables as subject matter, although she loves to paint a wide variety of subject matter, including portraits of people of all ages in groups and with their favorite pets.
Her mediums are oil, watercolor, pastel, egg tempera and monotype. Her love of art is reflected by a love of traditional artist materials and techniques although she is familiar with and has great affection for many contemporary artists and their mediums. Her subjects are still life, landscape, cloudscapes, symbolic still life paintings, and occasionally non-representational works and portraits. She conducts classes and workshops in painting and drawing and monotype. She sometimes works with students privately as well. She has exhibited her work widely in New England and more recently in the Tampa Bay area and has had several solo shows, including a 50-year Retrospective of her work in the fall of 2005 at Horizon Line Gallery in Temple Terrace.
She is a member of several art organizations including the Egg Tempera Society, TESA (The Society of Exhibiting Artists), The Monotype Guild of New England (honorary member), North Tampa Arts League, and The National League of American Pen Women (Tampa Branch, Art Member/Treasurer). Her paintings and portraits are in private collections around the world and she is well represented on many websites.
Currently she is teaching painting and drawing classes at Carrollwood Cultural Center where she is also the Art Curator of the Gallery. Additionally she teaches computer classes and digital photography.