Collectors the world over have found in Rolinda Stotts, an artist who is able to capture the essence of an experience, and articulate it in a way that evokes the richness of an emotion we feel and have tried to memorize. What Rolinda gives us is not just about a stand of breathtaking aspens; it’s about the experience of being there and feeling their greater meaning to our hearts and minds. It is what we remember in images, forms and colors rather than exact details.
From Hollywood icons and sports heroes, to board chairmen and foreign visitors who exhibit Rolinda in their personal collections, to those lucky enough to commission original art in their homes, the world has discovered how Rolinda’s art is poetry to the soul. For those who never want to forget their experience in the woods, a trip to Italy or Aspen and Vail, or the profound feelings of richness at seeing and touching antiquity, Rolinda allows them to possess it and take it home.
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. The lessons of balance and harmony that I learned on the farm are invaluable in expressing my feelings and experiences on canvas.
||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. You will notice lots of familial references in the titles of my paintings like: “Three Sisters,” “Protecting the Little One,” and “Family of Five;” this is no accident. Love has a story to tell. 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.