Artist Feature: Roberta “Just Do You!”

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Roberta Jean-marie. Just turned 19. Graduated high school and I’ll be going to the University of New South Wales in Australia. Laughter, family and expressing myself in anyway are so important to me!

When and why did you become an artist in your field?
I would pretty much sketch since I turned 13…but my school barely encouraged art so that was a downer. I taught myself and would experiment with literally everything, even tape! And it grew from there! I became an artist because it’s the only way I feel I can fully express myself. I’ve never been able to do so in words. So art was an outlet for that. I’m going to start a series of paintings this week actually that are very personal, which is something quite new for me. But I’m definitely excited!

What is your biggest obstacle as an artist? What is your biggest success?
Hmmm….biggest obstacle? I’d have to say it’s definitely little or no appreciation of art especially where I come from (Uganda, East Africa) so being a female artist has been quite challenging but I’m up for that challenge.
Biggest success. Being able to paint how I feel and not care what anyone will think. If they’ll hate it or not, at the end of the day it’s a form of expression and everyone should have respect for that.


“Entangled” and “Transformation” by Roberta

What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by day-to-day situations. The environment. Literally anything that surrounds me. There’s always a story to the pieces.

What advice would you give an aspiring artist?
Advice for aspiring artists…just do you boo! 😀 haha if it makes you happy to express yourself a certain way! Just do it! (Nike!..*insert wink here*)

P.s what you’re doing is awesome! 😀 (YBA response: THANK YOUUU!!!)

“Melting Pot” by Roberta, “This shows how every aspect of nature and life are merging and living happily together.”

Keep up with Roberta!
instagram: @rmjartwork

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twitter: @ybartists

About the author

I’ve never been a huge fan of the figure of speech “jack of all trades,” but that is the best way I can explain the direction my life has moved in. My journey has exposed me to graphic design, illustration, UX design, and even a little bit of front-end development. More so, as a jack of many trades, I am a master at one: painting. I consider my gift in painting to be more than a hobby, but a calling and the single thing that lead to the creation this community.

As the Founder of YBA, my goal is to simply be a resource and to fill in the gaps where needed. I am here to solve problems that many of us artists face each and every day. Whether that requires me to create a social media community, write an informative article, or simply have a DM conversation with another creative, my true passion is to serve this community that I am innately apart of.

Outside of creating, I find myself spending entirely too much time watching ASMR Youtube and obsessing over anything MCU and The Flash :)

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