In the first grade, Rosalind wrote and illustrated her first book. She convinced her mother to drive her to the library, so she could sell it to them. Since then she has been creating art in many careers including jewelry designer, florist, home and garden couturier, as well as a fine artist, and still selling her work. Just not to the library.

After she graduated from California College of the Arts, she looked for new ways to incorporate collage into her oil paintings and drawings. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle became Rosalind’s mantra. Everyday household items take on new life when mixed onto her canvas or paper. Overall, you may not notice these details, but upon a closer eye level view you see smaller components that create the whole. These details also become biographical, as they are pieces of Rosalind’s daily life, picked out from the drawer, closet, book, magazine or kitchen.

Food box, cheese or fruit bag mesh, nail polish, makeup, prescription info paper, tape, jewels, all manner of glue and paint can be discovered within her realm of fashionable women and horses. Inspiration from her home by the sea in Aptos, California keeps her doing what she loves, creating beauty. And she still visits the library.

 

Artist Statement         
Beauty  Mystery  Discovery
Creating art allows me to be my most true self….
 
I can control what is beautiful to my eye. My mother always told me that I would have to make my own "Perfect World" and so I have, on canvas.
 
My interest lies in what is beauty? What makes something beautiful? The sheer perfection of it or the imperfection? With my brushes, paint, paper and scissors I sculpt my art from catalogs, magazines and books anything that catches my eye for re-creation.
Here I can control what to me is beautiful, piecing together images to create a new whole that is lovely to my eye.
 
 Something that fascinates me is why we want to look at a painting or drawing over and over. It must be the mystery of what we see within it. Creating a mystery within my art, a small face or hand hidden… only to be revealed after looking at the painting many times, gives me joy.
 
Having created art for most of my life…I am discovering more of myself through my work. When I look back at what I have created, they become mini biographies of the various stages of my personal growth. What is beautiful to me now…what I enjoyed in past years. As I age, this  becomes even more important for me to create. Perhaps it helps with the process of aging itself. I no longer have to be perfect, I can paint something that  is perfection….at least to me.
 
My style has evolved over time. I started with pencil and colored pencil drawings mixed with watercolor and collage.  Discovering oil painting, I fell in love with the vibrancy of color , the delight of oily paint whoosing over the canvas. Collage almost always has a place in my work, I just love paper! Some experimenting in acrylics moved me over to their magic and spray paint is another favorite.  Currently I am using all of these media and consider myself a mixed media artist.
 
My greatest wish for creating art is to create a beautiful picture…not to have it full of social angst or meaning, not necessarily to change the world. Just to have created for a moment in time…beauty. And if my painting matches your couch, that is OK too!

 

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