Art by Rachel - Original Watercolors

About Me

It is never too late to be what we might have been.
 (George Eliot)

White Bengal Tiger

When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting.  (Francis Bacon)

From my youth I have wanted to paint -- but life was in the way for much too long.  Reality frequently presented too grim a face to allow for such indulgences.


Nonetheless, I’ve always enjoyed art:  as a child I drew and painted with some innate talent and much enthusiasm,  in college and graduate school I took elective art history and archaeology courses to complement my classics major, and much later I dabbled in drawing and sketching, oil painting, and pastels (mostly self-taught) when opportunities presented themselves (too few and far between).   


I grew up in a house filled with paintings by my late maternal grandfather, August H. O. Rolle, who was a prolific but relatively little known American impressionistic landscape artist in Washington, D.C., in the early 20th century (his media were oil, etchings, lithographs, and watercolor -- see his tribute page).  I never knew him, but I certainly knew his work.


Then a few years ago a new opportunity presented itself:   time and circumstances conspired to allow me to begin painting in watercolor, a medium with which I had no prior experience.  Fortuitously, I was entranced.  I enjoy the process of putting color on a surface, especially vivid watercolor paint on that blank white sheet of watercolor paper.  Even when the result might be less than I had hoped for, the act of painting enchants me.  And occasionally watercolor, by its nature, provides such pleasing accidents!  I now paint landscapes, flowers and trees, birds and animals, abstracts, -- whatever moves me.  I have found that the more I paint the more I want to paint.  It's really quite addictive!


I have studied watercolor painting in New York City with Beverly Brodsky at the Parsons School of Design, Bill Alpert at the School of Visual Arts, Liz Exler at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Josette Urso and Judy Simonian at Cooper Union, and I have studied traditional Chinese painting with Shirley Pu Wills at the China Institute.  I am grateful to all of them for their  instruction, their patience, their talent, and their expertise.   


My special passion in painting is color – as you can see -- vivid, dramatic, and bold, as well as misty, mysterious and subtle.  


Enjoy your visit and come back often -- the paintings are constantly being updated.


Mr. Colorful

I go through a love-hate relationship with most of my paintings when they are finished… The best cure I have found… is to just get on with another painting.  (Leoni Duff)

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.  (H. L. Mencken)

Thank You!

I am including this special note of thanks and gratitude to all those who have helped facilitate my return to painting and to all those who have inspired me, both knowingly and unknowingly, and to all my children and their significant others, who are especially encouraging and supportive and who offer excellent and useful critiques when asked (and sometimes unasked!) -- I could not be doing this without you!


Artist and Son on Motorcycle


Turn yourself into a madman and let yourself go wild with paint.  Don't think about it, evaluate it, or judge it.  Just paint.  (Elizabeth Winter-Noyes)

Spring Daffodils

Long Ago and Far Away:  Samples of Artwork from My Past

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  (Pablo Picasso)

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.  (Paul Gauguin)

Sea Scene in Watercolor (after pastel)

If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.  (Henri Matisse)

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