Creative family to exhibit paintings, paper art in Coupeville

Most children inherit a medley of physical traits and mannerisms from their parents, but some, like Eliot and William Raines, also inherit talent.

Most children inherit a medley of physical traits and mannerisms from their parents, but some, like Eliot and William Raines, also inherit talent.

The boys’ maternal grandfather, Coupeville resident Gerald Roberts, is an internationally renowned painter whose work has been included in two “Best of America” publications as well as numerous exhibits and galleries.

Their father is an artist as well, and their mother displays her creative talents through marketing.

The boys themselves, ages 16 and 12, have received acclaim for their artwork in their community of Issaquah. A painting of Eliot’s was chosen to be featured in the 2014-15 school district calendar, and a painting of William’s was selected to be displayed in Sammamish City Hall.

Roberts will be showing his works alongside that of his grandsons and his wife, Norma, at the upcoming Creative Family Art and Gift Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 29 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 30, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

It is the first time the boys will be showing their works at an official comprehensive art exhibit.

The idea of a family show came to Gerald Roberts about a year ago.

“It’s an interesting angle. People think of physical traits that go from generation to generation, but there are sometimes talents that go from generation to generation as well,” said Natalie Raines, daughter of Gerald Roberts and mother of Eliot and William.

Both Eliot and William said they are enthused at the prospect of receiving live feedback from attendees.

The boys noted that, aside from their natural artistic inclinations, they can also attribute their talent to their parents’ and grandparents’ nurturing, instruction and encouragement.

“We grew up around art and we would just spend countless hours drawing daily, especially Eliot,” said William Raines.

William added that he has also made many friends through art.

“It’s been the base of (my life) for a long time,” said Eliot Raines, who began painting at age six, the same age that his grandfather began.

Though Gerald Roberts said he foregoes the use of any mechanical tools, he does have a process that he abides by a majority of the time.

This process, which usually involves sketching on a grid to ensure correct proportions before transferring the image to the canvas, is one he has imparted to his grandsons.

“Besides learning the basic skills of drawing and painting, there has to be a process of recognizing where you’re heading and accomplishing your visual objective,” he said.

The boys visit fairly regularly, Gerald Roberts said, and typically peruse his website beforehand to determine a subject matter they’d like to work on during their stay.

Each painting typically takes at least eight to nine hours, Eliot said.

Both William and Eliot said they admire their grandfather’s work as well as that of his wife, Norma Roberts.

“In every single one of his paintings, he’s perfected the light and tone and made everything so dramatic,” said Eliot of his grandfather’s paintings.

“I really think that they have a very classic art style,” William said, adding that he thinks it is quite a bit different from anyone else’s.

Norma Roberts crafts paper art in a variety of fashions, including stationary sets, pop-ups and cards colored in marbleized ink.

“I like things that are intricate and that wow people,” said Norma Roberts.

Roberts began working with paper while working at the Coupeville Arts Center in 1997, where she became inspired to take up an artistic pursuit of her own.

A selection of her works, as well as replicas of Eliot and William Raines’ and Gerald Roberts’ paintings, will be available for purchase at the show.

Norma and Gerald Roberts agreed that Eliot and William are well on their way to promising arts careers, in whatever field they may choose.

“It’s extremely special because it’s a memory that they’re building,” Eliot and William’s mother, Natalie Raines, said.

“I think it’s going to be wonderful,” said Gerald Roberts of the upcoming show.