What if? Works make artist feel alive

HARLINGEN — Roberta Lee gazed around the room with a smile on her face.

Much of the colorful and vibrant art hanging on the walls, sitting atop display cases and on tables, was hers.

Lee, who has lived in the Valley for more than 40 years, admits none of the works on display is her favorite. In fact, she has no favorites.

But, it’s obvious her passion consumes her through paintings, mosaics and other works of art. She wants others to see and enjoy each and every piece she has created. In her eyes, that’s what art is all about.

“I want people to enjoy these works,” she said. “These are all my babies and they need to be exposed and out there for others to enjoy and appreciate.”

Comments about her art are relatively consistent.

“People tell me mine is fun and happy,” she said about her colorful art. “They say it makes them feel alive and happy.”

That’s also how some would describe Lee herself.

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