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 to 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 and animals. Her mediums are oil, watercolor, pastel, egg tempera and monotype printmaking.
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, symbolic still life paintings, occasional abstracts and portraits. She teaches painting and drawing classes and does workshops for people interested in Monotype Printmaking and Egg Tempera painting. 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. Her work may be seen on her website, and in many shows around the Tampabay area, most notably at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, where she also teaches several classes in art, computers and digital photography.
She is a member of many art organizations including the Egg Tempera Society, the American Impressionist Society, TESA (The Exhibiting Society of Artists), The Monotype Guild of New England (honorary member), North Tampa Arts League, The Florida Committee for National Museum for Women in the Arts, and she is an Artist Member of the National League of American Pen Women. She is the Art Curator of The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa, Florida. Her paintings and portraits are in many private collections worldwide.