ROLE OF NATURE “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature” Rachel Carson During my residency in Wild Acres, NC, I created a colored pencil and water color series Caresses The Wind of Red-winged blackbirds in the 4 seasons. The Blue Ridge Mountains were invigorating and very stimulating. My cabin, in the deep woods, with windows at every turn, was my workspace and was very private and quiet. It was as though I was inside and outside at the same time. A wonderful environment for creating work. I felt refreshed and peaceful. I appreciate the sequence, saturation, and intensity of the seasons in Western Massachusetts where I live. My studio is surrounded by windows and again, as in the Wild Acres residency, I feel as though I am working inside and outside.
Image title: Redwing Blackbird Summer
About the Artist
Rochelle Shicoff's paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1980 she was the recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Painting and spent a year painting in Rome, Italy and traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Among her awards are Visiting Artist residencies, community grants, nominations for the Fulbright, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001 she co-authored “The Mural Book: A Practical Guide for Educators” published by Crystal Productions which was specifically written for K-12 educators. Her public art commissioned murals can be seen in NYC, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia and Mexico. Her murals have been awarded an Art in Action Grant, The Women Waging Peace Award, and the MA Council for the Arts Grant. She has received 2 public art commissions from the NY School Construction Authority. The latest consisted of 3 8’x6’ painted polycloth banners titled “The Open Sky” for Sunset Park H.S., Brooklyn, NY. Her latest commission for ArtsWestchester,NY “ Seeing The Wind” consisted of (11) 13’ enamel painted aluminum totems. On the tops are moving animals with 2 golden wings. This installation is at the front of the Mount Vernon Public Library, Children’s Entrance.
Fat Canary Gallery Solo Exhibit