Roberta Rowland Patterson, longtime arts teacher at Kenner Collegiatefrom 1965-1988, is a talented landscape artist.
Roberta had a wide range of interests in the arts and figure skating. But her education in art was impeccable. With her mother, Georgie Wilcox, a professional painter based in Winnipeg, she spent several summers in the art colony at Provincetown, on Cape Cod, where she learned techniques from many artists. She studied art at the University of Manitoba under Lionel Fitzgerald, and at the Ontario College of Arts, 1943-46,where Franklin Carmichael was an influential teacher. She was twice married, to Philip Rowland (d. 1964) and Robert Patterson (m. 1982).
In recent years, she has taken exciting painting excursions to France, England, Newfoundland, an Alaskan cruise, and British Columbia. Her work has become known for its deft use of colour, texture and composition.