Where Digital and Fine Art Meet

Where Digital and Fine Art Meet

Untitled, 2012 Watercolor, india ink, and graphite 15" x 20" illustration board

Untitled, 2012 Watercolor, india ink, and graphite 15" x 20" illustration board

Artist Roberta Roebuck spends her days immersed in the digital. When it comes to her nights and weekends, though, she is drawn to the tactile—pencil, paints, paper.

“I am trying to create more digital art now that there are so many tools and software available,” she says. “But it will never replace fine art for me. There is nothing like taking a pencil or paintbrush to paper. I become more of that piece than I feel I would if I were working on a computer screen or tablet.”

As a web development lead at CSU, Chico’s Web Services for six years, Roebuck (BS, Business Administration, ’04; Master of Business Administration, ’06; BA, Communication Design, ’11) worked on projects including the redesigned University website and the Chico Statements website. She is now a web developer at the University of San Diego.

Roberta Roebuck

Roebuck’s art (found at her website, www.bertaroebuck.com) has been evolving since she signed her first pieces as a young child. “My latest focus in my art has been to put an imaginative twist on real things that I believe are truly beautiful,” she says. “This is probably why trees and birds tend to be a common subject in my art. Chico was a beautiful place to use as a reference.”

Chico State remains part of Roebuck’s life. She now teaches web design to Chico State students from her San Diego home. “My students can access all of my lectures, course material, online textbooks, and assignments and exams from our learning management system, even though I'm almost 600 miles away,” she says. “It’s so rewarding to see how much they learn and how creative they can be with the principles I teach them.”

Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications