New Jersey born, Gloria Robertshaw grew up in a family asserting their ancestors' artistic talents, the likes of whom include Benjamin West, the 18th century Anglo-American artist known for his portraits and historical paintings. Gloria also found herself drawn to portraiture at an early age. Art studies include a BA in art from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. where she soon pursued an ambition to see for herself the European masters and traveled to Italy and France, experiencing the work of the masters up close and personal. Later, after a move to New York City, she had the opportunity to study at the Arts Students League under Richard Mayhew and Norman Lewis, who provided the inspiration for integrating her figurative style with abstract expressionism. A resident of Taos, New Mexico since 1981, Gloria also has studied with portrait artist Valori Fussell.