Joe Rader Roberts

Joe Rader Roberts was born in Lockhart, Texas in 1925. After serving in the Merchant Marines from 1943-1945 he enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. In 1949 he married and moved back to Houston, working as a commercial artist painting illustrations on storefronts of various businesses. In 1953, Roberts had a son, Gary Lynn Roberts who is also a noted western artist. His passion for the historic frontier drew him to the fine arts and he became a full-time artist painting scenes of the early west. Roberts is best known for his western narrative paintings.