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 and animals.
Her mediums are oil, watercolor, pastel, egg tempera, monotype and various drawing mediums. 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, and portraits. She teaches painting and computer classes at Carrollwood Cultural Center and occasionally she 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: 50-year Retrospective of her work in the fall of 2005 at Horizon Line Gallery in Temple Terrace, and a solo show at her alma mater in Elmira, New York during the summer of 2008.
She is a member of many art organizations including the Egg Tempera Society, the American Impressionist Society, The Society of Exhibiting Artists, TESA (past secretary of the board of directors) Monotype Guild of New England (honorary member), North Tampa Arts League, Florida Plein Air Society, The Florida Committee for National Museum for Women in the Arts , The National League of Pen Women (Art Member), and Les Girls Painting Society.
Her paintings and portraits are in numerous private collections.