Mary Rolland

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Imaginative Landscapes and Abstracts”

My art has always been about the use of color and imagination, and a unique technique to draw the viewer into a painting. Someone once said my paintings are “universal, but unique.” Be it a landscape, a floral, a swimmer, an animal, or an abstract, the viewers finds themselves drawn into the painting, with their own interpretation. For that reason, I seldom title my paintings, but identify them by the series in which they were done. I have often used photography in my paintings as a point of departure as well as a discipline in the use of color, to paint what often is an imagination of what is real or not. My medium is oil on paper, canvas, and /or wood panels. I use a very diluted mix of paint with turpentine, not so much to appear as a watercolor, but to allow the paints to flow naturally, and to be manipulated with the use of brushes, palette knives, rags, and my hands and fingers.

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