ROLINDA STOTTS— I feel truly blessed to be able to express my experiences and share the intense emotion that is involved in creating. To know that people find meaning in my art is a joy beyond expression.
I grew up on a dairy farm working with animals and earth, growing crops and building fence, learning to nurture life and respect nature. This is where my life as an artist began. Some of my subject matter comes from early childhood experiences on the farm, but still more comes from my life with my children. I love seeing the world simplified through their eyes. My paintings are more of an essence of nature, not a literal representation of it. It’s the emotion that a stand of aspen stirs inside me that I’m trying to capture.
I think of myself as its poet whose words are expressed in images and color. My family also led me to another love: Italy. The first time my husband took me there, I felt an immediate connection. Undeniably, I was home. Rich colors and wonderful history overtook me as I absorbed the culture. I experienced Italy with Italians, and was able to embrace my heritage in a remarkable way. I strive to convey this sense of history with my paintings. I want viewers to experience the same enchantment I feel when coming upon a worn and broken, but beautiful, old wall.In my paintings I want there to be an element of imperfection. Not to force perfection but to allow imperfection gives a little grace and a sense of freedom. Only through this freedom can we attain a sense of calm. I want to feel that calm myself. That’s why I paint. I want to give the gift of this calm to others through my work.
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