Florida Master Artist
PETER POWELL ROBERTS
(1924 - 2014)
Peter Powell Roberts Self Portrait
“I’m fascinated by the natural world that exists just beyond the glare of the obvious. That's what my paintings are all about”
Peter Powell Roberts
Florida Master Artist Peter Powell Roberts was an instructor, and department head at the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota Florida for 23 years. He also founded the Design and Computer Graphics Departments at the college.
After retirement Mr. Roberts moved to a homestead adjacent to Highlands Hammock State Park. He dedicated himself to painting the hammock as a storyline to the cycle of life.
He worked continually for 20 years producing oil on wood paintings until his wife of 46 years died. She was his anchor.
Peter Powell Roberts and his work went missing in 2010. He was found two years later in a nursing home in Sebring, FL.
A body of 136 oil on wood paintings, most of which have never been seen before, and eight sculptures were later found in a storage shed.
Peter Powell Roberts’ art celebrates the Central Florida environment by rendering its detail in a unique way. His work is renowned for depicting Florida nature in compositions that reflect the abstract.
"Mr. Roberts' paintings bring his unique talent for interpreting the oft overlooked minutiae present in Florida's landscape,” said Jim Fitch, Acquisition Agent for Florida Masters Collection and Founder of the Museum of Florida Art and Culture of South Florida State College.
Peter Powell Roberts willed his collection to Heartland Cultural Alliance, a 501(c)(3) art & cultural umbrella organization. The collection is housed and may be viewed in the Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art & Cultural Center, 310 West Main Street, Avon Park, Florida.