Jean Stephen Galleries

4811 Excelsior Boulevard

Minneapolis (St. Louis Park), Minnesota 55416

612-338-4333;  Hours 10-6 Mon-Sat

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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.

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 order to get the effect of extreme age and texture, I use a ten-step process that allows me to manipulate my work to give it the essence that it has survived centuries. I start by making my own canvas. When the canvas has been properly prepared, I am ready to paint using only oils. Once the painting has dried, I literally break the painting with my hands. Then, I adhere the painting to a self-constructed wooden frame and shape edges to give a torn look. I want the image to look like you found this amazing wall in Italy and found a way to bring a piece of it home.

I will continue adding more oil paint either in very thin applications or with a bold palette knife. The cracks are real; it is not a “crackle finish” and I encourage people to touch and feel the work. Most people are drawn to the tactile nature of the painting and I want to engage the sense of touch. I want there to be an element of imperfection in my work. 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. I want to feel that calm my self, that’s why I paint.

In the end, I feel truly blessed to be able to express my experiences and share the intense emotion that is involved in creating


Rolinda Stotts Artist
She grew up on a dairy farm. While there she learned lessons in balance and harmony among the crops and animals. She observed the interplay of the seasons on fields and trees. Rolinda Stotts artist qualities were there even when she was a child. There on the farm she learned how to nurture life and respect nature. Her paintings capture the intense emotion that she feels about her subjects.

Rolinda's paintings of birch trees and animals remind people of their own experiences in the woods. Her art captures the poetry of the soul. People stand in awe of her work feeling what she put into her work. She does not just capture the details she produces emotions in the observer to her paintings. They are there with her walking through the groves of birch trees. The paper white trunks and crisscrossed branches giving added meaning to her work.

When you see Rolinda Stotts for sale you know there will be a crowd. Her paintings appear in many fine collections world wide. She is a true poet who uses colors and paints to show meaning instead of words.The mixture of various colors shows her skill to great advantage. It takes a master touch of an artist to create such meaningful art.

Rolinda Stotts art work depicts life on the farm seen through children.s eyes. There are paintings of bears and snowy trees and poplar trees fluttering in the breeze. Rolinda Stotts artwork is so beautiful. From the pale pink cherry blossoms high lighting the capitol, Washington D.C. to the fragile look of leaves. She painted not only a few stacked Autumn leaves but also pale green leaves of Spring.

Rolinda Stotts paintings also display her Italian heritage. Whether she paints a crumbling stucco wall with cascading vines or a broader landscape of olive trees or buildings her work speaks to everyone revealing her enchantment with Italy. She does not want perfection in her art work. She says its the little imperfections that give a painting character. Painting gives her a sense of calmness and freedom.

When you see Rolinda Stotts for sale do go in. The paintings are unique and draw you in. Standing among a group of her work you will see interlocking branches of birch trees. You will feel the woods surround you in spirit and cause you to pause to take it in. Her paintings evoke emotion and depth. Many people have wandered in to her art show and left with an original painting by Rolinda Stotts artist because of that reason.

Her paintings done in oils are filled with light and shadows and depth. You actually feel that you are on a farm looking at it with fresh eyes. Or you are walking through the woods. The snowy fir trees in the distance and the stark branches on the aspens brings back memories of your own. Or you are once again walking the streets of Italy seeing the soft light and stucco walls once again.
Go see this amazing artist's work for yourself.

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