Holly Roberts is known for her unconventional combination of photography and painting. By using spatulas and rollers, she manipulates paint on the surfaces of her black-and-white silver prints obscuring the underlying imagery. Dennis High, Executive Director and Curator from the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel states, "Holly Roberts was one of the first photographers to cover her entire photograph with paint." Roberts’ figures seem to inhabit a world where loneliness and contemplation are constant. Her figures have a quiet power, a psychological density. The sometimes smooth, sometimes messy and tactile paint surfaces often allow the ghostly world of the underlying photographs to appear. Roberts notes, "The emotional, psychological aspects have become the biggest investigation for me…that’s the mine I’m mining."

Holly Roberts was born in Boulder, Colorado and holds an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants in photography and a Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in California. She currently lives and works in Corrales, New Mexico and frequently leads workshops for UC Extension in Santa Cruz.