Tom Roberts was born in 1909, Toronto, Ontario. He was exposed to the art world from an early age as his father Samuel Roberts, was the founder of The Roberts Art Gallery in 1842.
He studied for three years at the Central Technical School, in Toronto, under Peter Haworth, Charles Goldhammer, Robert Ross and Carl Schaeffer. Followed by one year at Ontario College of Art under F.S. Challener, J.W. Beatty, Yvonne McKague Housser and Fred Haines.
By 1928 Roberts worked as a commercial artist and producing his own fine art. Roberts painted 'en plein air' and many of his works were selected for Christmas cards by Rous and Mann Limited, Coutts Limited, Warwick Brothers and the Montréal firm of A.S. Fysche Company. Other commissions included decorative maps, posters drawings in black-and-white for reproduction, and lettering.
Throughout his career he worked with water colours, oils and acrylics.For the most part his subjects were often landscapes, however he did occasionally depict interiors and abstracts.
During World War Two Roberts served with the Royal Canadian Engineers as a sapper in 1942, he was assigned to architectural drafting. He completed many sketches while away during the war.
In 1944 Roberts won the Ralph, Clarke, Stone Award at the Ontario Spciety of Artists annual exhibition. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
Roberts passed away in 1998.