With a studio on the Thames, artist Roberta Tetzner creates dreamy paintings inspired by her natural surroundings. Check out her studio and work at the upcoming Oxfordshire Art Weeks
Tell us a little about your work and your background
As someone who grew up in two different cultures and was bilingual (Dutch/English) with a European outlook, I always knew that art was a universal language in which I could express myself. After moving from Amsterdam to London to pursue my art education, I spent many years teaching at an art college and working as an illustrator before eventually moving to the English countryside to focus on my own art full time.
My semi abstract paintings are greatly inspired by the natural world and I aim to give the viewer a starting point, a way into the painting, while still allowing them space for their own personal response.
What made you decide to start your creative business?
After spending many years teaching at an art college and working as an illustrator, I felt that I had less and less time to do my own work. When the opportunity arose to move to the Oxfordshire countryside and focus on my art full time, I jumped at the chance.
Where do you find inspiration?
The beauty of the natural world greatly inspires my work. This includes regular walks by the River Thames. I draw inspiration from artists like Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Ivon Hitchens, Pierre Bonnard, Mark Rothko, Patrick Heron, Howard Hodgkin, Frank Bowling, Helena Frankenthaler and various contemporary abstract painters.
Describe your typical working day
I work from my garden studio in the beautiful English countryside in the village of Goring on Thames. I begin my day with a cup of coffee and some admin before walking across the lawn to my studio. My day typically involves a mix of painting, experimenting with new techniques, and preparing for upcoming exhibitions.
What has been the biggest highlight and biggest challenge to date?
I've had many wonderful opportunities, but one of the highlights was being chosen for the prestigious American publication ARTfolio 2022: A Curated Collection of the World's Most Exciting Artists... a dream come true. The book features the best abstract and contemporary work, selected by a panel of industry experts, and I was thrilled to be included. Equally, being chosen for the Contemporary Painting Prize FRINGEMK finalist catalogue was an honour.
However, as much as I appreciate these accomplishments, the most rewarding moments are when I hear from people who have purchased my art. Knowing that my paintings bring joy and happiness to someone's daily life is the greatest reward I could ask for.
On the other hand, the biggest challenge I've faced is balancing my art practice and all the admin work that comes with it. I juggle creating new works, marketing my art, networking with clients and galleries, and managing finances. Finding the time and energy can be a real challenge, but it's all worth it when I see the positive impact that my art has on people's lives.
Best nugget of wisdom you can share with your fellow Creative Ducks
Stay true to your own vision and don't be afraid to take risks and try new things. It can be really tough sometimes and there is more admin than you might think. Only jump into this world if you are really committed. But remember that failure is just another opportunity to learn and grow. (I also need to keep remembering this!)
Where can we find out more?
You can visit my website and join my mailing list for updates, inspiration, and receive a FREE art-based stress-reduction guide. Or follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more of my work and stay up to date on upcoming exhibitions and events.
I am opening my studio for Oxfordshire Art Weeks during the first week in May.
Open: 6th-7th and 11th-14th May 11am-6pm. 8 Lockstile mead, Goring on Thames.