Rick Rotante

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2021 was a whirlwind. With everything happening it was hard to keep my mind on work.

I had to leave my gallery in New Mexico, move back to California and try and keep working even while galleries were shutting down. In retrospect, when thinking back on all this, there were moments when revisiting what I have been doing the last 40 years, I realized I had become static. Stale. During this dismal period, I felt I was in survival mode and not thinking creatively. 

But the thing I notice now, the thing I discovered, was I needed to grow. Everything around me had changed and I had to change as well.

Change, of any kind, is difficult. We get comfortable and become complacent doing the same things. I decided to try something new and completely different and scary. Create a new style of painting. It was not easy. But with time and determination and exploration, it became reality. 

Also and more importantly, I had to continue teaching. Having to show others what you know is a marvelous technique for personal growth.

Below are some of the results in this new style. I hope you like it.

Rick Rotante is a professional artist. He attended the school of Art and Design in New York City. Early in his career he was tutored by two instructors from Pasadena Art Center where he learned new techniques. After graduation he did a two year stint in New York City advertising. When he moved to California he was inducted into the California Art Club while working for Walt Disney Pictures and Television in Burbank. He worked for Walt Disney 17 years.

Rick instructed oil painting and portraiture classes at Glendale Community College and Oil Painting classes at Art Classes of Pasadena.

Currently, Rick displays his work in the Mountain Arts Gallery in Lake Arrowhead, California. He also set up shop in New Mexico where he taught four classes at New Mexico State University before opening Raven Art Studio in downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2016. He taught personalized courses in painting pastel and drawing. His current show at the Raven Art Studio is called Stolen Culture. He has exhibited his work in national exhibitions in New York City, California, Montana and now New Mexico.

You can follow his work on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. His internet website is at rickrotantefnart.com.

He also has two head painting demonstration videos currently on YOUTUBE.COM

He is the author of the instructional book " THERE ARE NO FLESHTONES. In addition he writes a column on life as an artist called Musings from the Easel also on FACEBOOK.

Rick Rotante Original Art for Sale on the Art Shop

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