Roberta March MFA ’21
Roberta March was born and raised in Brazil. She started to pursue her art education later in life. Her first degree is in business administration and she received an MA in marketing, followed by a career in human resources within the field of banking. She attended the Hampstead School of Art in London, UK, receiving a foundation diploma in Fine Arts. Afterwards, she relocated to Houston, Texas in the United States where studied for four years at The Glassell Studio School of Art. In 2019, she moved to Portland, Maine where she intends to make her home indefinitely.
Roberta March became an American citizen the same day she began her MFA program at Maine College of Art, where she graduated in May, 2021. “My art is within the field of abstraction. Inspired by nature and by water in our surroundings, I seek to create artwork that expresses movement and is directed by color and light. Bright colors are an important element in my creation. Blue is the predominant color I use in my work, because it is often associated with the sea and sky, or heavens. Through the use of color, shape and patterning, and by using different materials, I strive to express energy and gestural quality in my paintings, and to investigate the notion of transforming subjective ideas into objects of art. In my paintings, I have been developing a movement style of pushing and pulling through brush strokes, and smalti tesserae, small glass bits that I break with a hammer and hardie, or crush, to create colorful powder to apply in my compositions. It is a constant search for interplay with the space to create physical and virtual movements that are capable of awakening the senses. My paintings repeat a feeling about the ocean, or water, or movement with different ranges of emotions. It is an experience for the viewer to contemplate directly, and personally, finding the moment and space to reflect and be present, forgetting any uncertainty. This is what I want to keep creating with my artwork.”