Month: September 2017

We create because we are created.  In creativity we experience some of the joy of the creator.  Truth is absolute, but each individual experiences the truth and the world around them in a unique and individual way.   I paint plein air, outdoors, because I am inspired by the creation and love to capture a moment in time with a painting that gives a unique and individual impression of that fleeting moment, which those viewing my painting will in turn enjoy through their own unique and individual eye and mind.   I approach life as an artist taking my life-time of experience to examine the puzzle facing me and pursuing a creative solution.  People ask, “how long did it take you to paint that painting?”  The honest answer “A lifetime.”

Tom Roberts – American artist THRoberts

Painting is seeing, thinking and expressing.  It seems that our minds are wired to capture what we believe to be the essential parts of a situation, event, object or scene.  Some of you may have seen a video that illustrates this phenomenon where the viewer is told to count the number of times a basketball is passed back and forth.  The viewer dutifully counts and at the end of the video, is asked whether he noticed the gorilla passing through by the players.  Most of us missed it and refuse to believe that we could have missed something so obvious until the video is played again.  And so it is with life, much passes by us unobserved in plain view.  For the artist, life is a lesson in seeing, observing all of life that was previously ignored and the search to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole, and then our interpretation and expression.  Many find it unusual that an artist might also litigate as an attorney.  Litigation is not so different.  A litigator searches for the parts that have been ignored or overlooked, seeks to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole, and finally expresses an interpretation.  As an artist, I bring to litigation creativity in a profession known for formulas and traveling well worn paths.

American Artist Tom Roberts, Esq.

American Artist Tom Roberts is creative gifted with a zest for life, seeing, experiencing and expressing unique impressions for all to experience in their own way.

 

Tom Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia into a family committed to community service.  His grandfather was a prominent state legislature.  He spent his early years in Afghanistan where is father spent most of his time volunteering as a surgeon in a small Afghan hospital after tending to the International community.  THRoberts was educated in a liberal arts school in New England, earning a degree in business & economics.  After his first summer in school he computer programmed at the Pentagon.   Looking for a challenge and to read the Scriptures in the native language he studied Hebrew under the tutelage of Marvin Wilson.  He received his only painting instruction down the road at Montserrat College Of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts,  After law school at the University of Richmond, THRoberts was a founder of a start-up IT company creating collision avoidance  systems for general aviation and started a law firm that earned a reputation for creative and zealous litigation.

 

For the artist, life is a lesson in seeing, observing all of life that was previously ignored and the search to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole, and then our interpretation and expression.  Many find it unusual that an artist might also litigate as an attorney.  Litigation is not so different.  A litigator searches for the parts that have been ignored or overlooked, seeks to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole, and finally expresses an interpretation.  As an artist, THRoberts brought to litigation creativity in a profession known for formulas and traveling well worn paths.

 

Tom Roberts married Shari and together they raised three sons, David Janney Roberts, an IT Entrepreneur, Jesse Hunt Roberts, an innovative farmer and horticulturist, and Isaac Thomas Roberts, Air Force ROTC & Engineering student.  During the time his children grew, THRoberts coached travel soccer teams and spent most of his time in law and with family.  Most of his artistic endeavors were devoted to charitable causes, including St. Michael’s school, Noah’s Children and others. As time continued the intensity of THRoberts art increased.  In 2015 THRoberts successfully completed #365daysofpainting, painting a fresh painting each day of the year.

 

THRoberts paintings are often plein air works, with occasional conceptual works fusing binary code, language and images.  His art work explores life with a zest and zeal that mirrors the life he lives.

 

This website features a few of the many creations of fine art and expressions.  Enjoy.