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Rolinda Stotts


Adventurer  Spirited  Impulsive 

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Rolinda Stotts


Adventurer  Spirited  Impulsive 

 

Bella Rotta

Original. Stunning. Beautiful. Broken.

Bella Rotta is the name chosen to describe my technique. It is Italian for "Beautiful Broken." In order to get the effect of extreme age and texture, a ten-step process is used that allows me to shape my work to give it the essence of having survived centuries. I start by making my own canvas. When the canvas has been properly prepared, it is ready to paint using only oils. Once the painting has dried, "breaks" are created in the painting with my hands. The painting is then adhered to a self-constructed wooden frame and shape edges to give it a torn look. I want the image to look like you found an amazing mural in Italy and discovered a way to bring a piece of it home.

By adding more oil paint either in very thin applications or with a bold palette knife the art takes shape. The  element of imperfection in my work is intentional. To have things be imperfect gives a little grace and a sense of freedom. Only through this freedom can we attain a sense of calm. Painting gives me this sense of calm to my life.  In my art, the cracks are real; it is not a "crackle finish," people are encouraged to touch and feel the work. Most people are drawn to the tactile nature of the paintings and everyone is encouraged to reach out and touch my works of art.

 
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I Believe


I Believe


I believe that imperfection is the source of all great beauty... it's why I break things.

When deep into the creation process, I live for days on cans of tuna, juice and all. 

Tuna is my Popeye’s Spinach. 

I believe in the deeply calming meditation of manual labor. I take great pride in my calloused hands.

Smiles are contagious. We're responsible for the effects we create with ours.

I believe in learning to tell great stories because it’s in the telling that we come alive.

I've discovered that life is always brightest in the morning.  

At 8 years old I wanted to be a bull rider and at 18 I wanted to be a lobbyist.

When I turn 81 I’ll still be an artist.

I believe touching is loving.