Description This Neo-abstract landscape of the Indian cliff dwellings in Canyon de Chelly is composed in rhythmic movements of colorful curvilinear patterns. It was created with layers of beige, salmon, red, light blue, brown, and plum colored papers that were cut to form the shapes of the landscape elements. They were then glued together and shaded with colored pencil to increase the sense of form and depth.
Roberta Nelson, Seneca Falls Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement My earlier work was mainly realistic watercolors and acrylics. Critics have referred to my current style as Neo-Abstraction with mystical tendencies. As a result of my postgraduate strudies in silversmithing and painting, this style of work reflects my enthusiasm for both the stylized design elements and the three-dimensional, illusionistic rendering inherent in the realistic drawing and painting styles. The subjects, whether representational or non-objective, are fractured into a flowing repetition of colorful curved-shaped rhythms that are inspired by natural forms, especially ocean waves. The subjects, mainly landscapes, figures, flowers, or designs, are composed in curvilinear patterns of repeating colors that move through and around the composition in rhythmical variations.
Although I have experience in varied mediums, I work mainly in colored pencil renderings, watercolor, and layered paper collage. The colored pencil renderings on dark backgrounds are shaded with the grisaille technique to impart a shimmering, luminious quality while those done on light backgrounds have various types of paper, especially handmade, as their foundation to create either soft or intense color effects. The collages are constructed with 4 to 15 layers of various papers that are then shaded with colored pencils or watercolors to enhance the dimensional quality of the work.
I was an art teacher in the public educational system in New York state for many years and have exhibited my work in solo and group shows in upstate New York, New York City, and Omaha, NE. I received my undergraduate degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University and did my postgraduate work at SUNY Oswego. I was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, thice named in Who's Who of American Teachers, selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of Who's Who of American Women, and accepted as member in the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).
Presently I am very involved in our county's art council where I teach workshops and have, for the time being, limited my exhibitions to the Finger Lakes region of New York.