Cali Roberson grew up outside of Oakdale, California where her parents raised horses and sheep. Her dad worked for a large ranch and Cali spent a lot of time working with him, learning how to handle horses and cattle. Her artistic tendencies were apparent early on, and the local butcher shop would put her finger paintings in the window.
At age 11 she began spending summers living with cutting and cow horse trainers Carl and Kathy Gould. Cali moved with them to Napa, going into home schooling programs, to continue showing horses. She began starting and training her own horses and working for local ranches during shipping and branding seasons.
After taking drawing and art classes in high school, Cali realized how passionate she was but still wasnt sure about making a career of it. In order to live at home and continue her other passion, showing cow horses, she went to her local college, CSU Stanislaus. While there, Cali majored in Art and also received a minor in Business Administration.
After years of trying to work a full-time job, train her horses, and draw, Cali decided to make a change. She quit her office job in 2009 to be a full-time artist. She is married and raising two little girls on their small ranch in Escalon, California. She continues to train and show her own horses and works part time for a large cattle ranch. Cali feels this firsthand knowledge of her subject matter is essential to the authenticity of her art.
Cattlemens Western Art Show
Mountain Oyster Club Show
The Club (National Western Stock Show)
Bosque Art Classic
Red Bluff Western Art Show
Phippen Museum Western Art Show
Art Of The Horse, AQHA Hall of Fame
Phippen Foundation Award 2011
Artists Choice Award, Cattlemens Western Art Show 2012
Best of Show, Art at the Classic 2012
Best of Show, Red Bluff Western Art Show 2013
Gold Medal Drawing, Bosque Art Classic 2022